Has a reality TV show ever inspired more lawsuits than Basketball Wives? Miami Heat's Chris Bosh famously filed a lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend Allison Mathis to prevent her from appearing on Season 3 of Basketball Wives. Royce Reed, former Miami Heat dancer and current cast member of Basketball Wives, was sued by ex Dwight Howard after her appearance on the show violated a gag order.
Now that the show has spread west for Basketball Wives: Los Angeles, its sordid history of litigation is lurking in its shadows. Orlando Magic's Gilbert Arenas is suing the show's production company as well as Laura Govan, his ex and mother of his four children, for trademark infringement, false advertising, misappropriation of his likeness and publicity rights, and unfair competition. As it turns out, rich, famous, talented people don't like it when you mooch off of their celebrity and try to make a buck for yourself.
Basketball Wives: Los Angeles premieres on August 29 on VH1. Last we heard, the cast includes Kimsha Artest, wife of Ron (AKA Metta World Peace); Jackie Christie, wife of former Clippers player Doug Christie; Imani Showalter, ex-fiancée of the Charlotte Bobcats' Stephen Jackson; and Gloria Govan, who is engaged to Lakers player Matt Barnes. Laura Govan, who is sisters with Gloria, was once engaged to Arenas.