There’s a reason Evelyn went so hard to defend Ta’Kari Lee. It’s not because she had it out for Jackie, but because her past as a victim of abuse made it impossible for her to stay quiet.
In a recent Instagram post following the season finale of Basketball Wives, Evelyn explains her reasoning in passionately standing up for Jackie’s daughter, Ta’Kari. In the scene where harrowing portions of Ta’Kari’s were read aloud, Evelyn shares her own testimony of abuse and identifying with those experiences. She also makes it clear that in returning to the show, her intent was to never interfere with Jackie’s life.
When I think about the word abuse and words associated with it–slick and cunning always come to mind. Abuse comes in many forms—physical, financial, emotional and is often delivered by the people we love and least expect! The scars will undoubtedly affect how a person moves through life and the choices they make, etc. Unfortunately, I know first hand about this topic and how the scars do not fade. As a mom, unconditional love is all I know–and it is all I will ever give to my children! With that being said, I want to share that it was never my intent to return to Basketball Wives to meddle or interfere in any cast member’s life. What is disturbing and puzzling to me is how a monetary donation to a public GoFundMe page becomes volatile? I do not regret contributing and would do it again.
It is difficult to speak your truth and tune out naysayers. Let me be clear–I am not attacking anyone about their parenting skills or the lack thereof. What I will convey is this:
AS A WOMAN, I WILL ALWAYS STAND WITH WOMEN WHO ARE BEING ABUSED AND HAVE THE COURAGE TO SPEAK THEIR TRUTH.
Jackie has yet to respond.
In this Basketball Wives clip, Shaunie, Evelyn, and Jen are brought to tears reading pages from Ta’Kari’s book.