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Jayson Williams' estranged wife is not joining cast of VH1's 'Basketball Wives'

July 19, 2011 | 12:35 pm

Tanya Despite reports to the contrary, Tanya Williams, the estranged wife of incarcerated NBA player Jayson Williams, has not joined the cast of VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” the network confirmed Tuesday.

“She did tape a couple of episodes with us,” said Chris Delhomme, a network spokesman. “But she is not a regular. There’s several ladies that make appearances occasionally at dinner parties or other events.” 

Last month, the network announced it was expanding the franchise with a new 10-episode iteration set in Los Angeles featuring some wives and girlfriends of players from the Lakers and the Clippers.

The new group includes Kimsha Artest, wife of Ron Artest, Los Angeles Lakers; Jackie Christie, wife of Doug Christie, former player for the Los Angeles Clippers, Imani Showalter, fiancée of Stephen Jackson, Charlotte Bobcats, Malaysia Pargo, wife of Jannero Pargo, Chicago Bulls. Returning will be Gloria Govan, fiancée of Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Lakers, and her sister Laura Govan.

Williams’ husband, Jayson, is the former Nets star who was sentenced to five years in prison last year for assault in the 2002 shooting death of a limo driver.

"Basketball Wives LA" will premiere in late August.

--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Retired NBA star Jayson Williams and his wife, Tanya, leave the Somerset County Court House in Somerville, N.J., after the defense rests in Williams' manslaughter trial on March 31, 2004. Credit: Daniel Hulshizer / Associated Press