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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Baller Wives is a reality series about the wives of current and former professional football players. There are endless gossipy conversations, lots of arguing, strong language (curses bleeped), drinking, and crude sex talk. Various NFL teams are mentioned, and there's some limited discussion about the serious negative impact pro football has on players' health, but this often gets overshadowed by the drama. Cast members' podcasts and other businesses are sometimes featured.
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What's the story?
BALLER WIVES is a reality series about a group of women in the small professional football circle of Miami, Florida. It centers around Kijafa Frink, the wife of controversial football player Michael Vick, and her friends, including Aja, wife of former linebacker Channing Crowder; Jeniva, wife of former cornerback Asante Samuel; and Kelly, wife of former running back Julius Jones. It also features Stacey, the wife of retired wide receiver Chris Chambers, and cornerback Brent Grimes' wife, Miko, who find themselves to be group outliers thanks to their spotty reputations. They are sometimes joined by Crystal and Emmaly, who are currently single but are still connected to the baller life. There's lots of gossip and drama, but they like being part of the football community.
Is it any good?
This predictable series presents all the expected arguing, innuendo, cursing, and drinking sports wives-themed reality shows are known for. Their husbands, most of whom make regular appearances on the show, seem more mature and level-headed than their partners. Meanwhile, the women seem determined to make themselves appear as stereotypically fussy and unstable as possible.
There's no real sense of sisterhood or empowerment in Baller Wives. However, there are a few interesting conversations, particularly those about the life-threatening injuries football players sustain in their careers. However, these get lost in the drama.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the health issues associated with playing football. What are they? Do you think this issue receives enough media attention? If not, why?
Why do people agree to be on reality shows? Does the cast know each other before the show? Do you think they behave the same way when they aren't in front of a camera?
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