Nov 11 2009
Shaq and Shaunie during happier times

Shaq + Gilbert Arenas’s Fiance: Who is Laura Govan?

By now, it’s likely you’ve heard the ins and outs of this story. Twitter version: Shaq’s wife Shaunie is about to slice half. Let me fill some gaps. After separating in 2007, early this year, Shaq and Shaunie reconciled. Shaq looked happy. Shaunie seemed content. Late last week that glow of love was blown away when a leaked email exchange between Shaq and Gilbert Arenas’s fiance and mother of his three kids, Laura Govan, hit the internet.

Some people have questioned the authenticity of the emails. Here is the original as posted by YBF. Just compare Shaq’s Tweet game to the emails. Same problem: his big thumbs mistakenly hitting keys all over his Blackberry.

Shaunie apparently had no doubts. Monday afternoon she filed for divorce, requesting custody of their four children, child support, and of course, a little for herself. I stripped the emails and spellchecked Shaq for your reading convenience.

Mar. 5,  2009

Laura: Just wanted to let you to know I’m here.

Shaq: Where r u?

Laura: In the hotel… About to go to sleep! u?

Shaq: What hotel and what room?

Laura: The Four Seasons, where r u?

Shaq: I just left goin to a party can I come put it in when I get back? What room u n?

Laura: Is Shaunie going with u? N how late?

Shaq: Hell no. I’m back by 1:30. Can I do it tonite and tomorrow after lunch? What floor u on?

Laura: LOL ur crazy! As long as u taste me n make me cum LOL

Shaq: What room?

Laura: So I’ll see you at 1:30 :~) erase all these messages plz.

Obviously, someone didn’t read that last part. Laura is trying to keep this rendezvous on the low from Gilbert Arenas.

Wondering what Laura Govan looks like?

Laura Govan - Gilbert Arenas's fiance

That picture was snapped the day Gilbert Arenas proposed to her. What she was to “Read Out Loud” was, “Will you marry me?”

How about some Laura Govan bio dish? Columbus Urban Life’s got you on that.

“Laura Govan isn’t your typical NBA groupie turned wifey. Laura is an educated woman of African-American, Mexican and Hawaiian decent who comes from a prominent family of nine and grew up in a very affluent Bay area suburb of Orinda. Before getting engaged to Arenas, Laura worked doing PR for the Sacremento Kings, the Los Angeles Lakers and was also Shaq’s personal assistant- which would help to explain how she was able to have a close relationship with Shaq and even befriend Shaunie in the process.”

Read much more there..

Laura Govan is currently pregnant with Gilbert Arenas’s third child.

When she got pregnant the first time, Gilbert Arenas made sure he was the baby’s daddy with some cautionary paternity test action. Laura Govan’s expected delivery date is December 24, 2009. The emails are dated March 5, 2009.

That puts her at exactly nine months/latex close to the due date.

Gilbert might want to dial Doctor Paternity one more time + dead that skip down the aisle.

☼ What's Your Opinion? ☼

1 To any pro ball player Wed, Nov 11, 2009 - 7:53 pm

Stop getting married!!! At some point you have to realize that these women are looking for a payday. That also goes for rappers, singers, actors, doctors, hell, any man making a lot of money. Just stop getting married. Also, put a glove on before the love. Child support laws for some reason think these women should get a huge payday for laying on their backs. Where I come from that’s called prostitution. Now Shaq will have to overpay for his kids. There’s one thing to take care of your kids but what he will be forced to pay can take care of his kids at least 1000 times over. These guys have to be smarter than what they are.

2 MsMoni Thu, Nov 12, 2009 - 12:27 am

I don’t necessarily agree that these guys shouldn’t get married. What they should do is stop looking at physical appearance and actually look at the substance of a person.  Most of these women they meet are beautiful, a lot of them a smart, but what these women can’t hide is their intent.  Most people show you who they are eventually.  They have to be willing to build a relationship and not rush into marriage so quickly.

3 champ Thu, Nov 12, 2009 - 7:55 pm

tech-foul on the play superman has totally hit cryptonite status. damn shaq all these other free women you choose your co-workers. i know your pops taught u better.

4 Poo Thu, Nov 12, 2009 - 8:19 pm

Do you think Laura Govan is “Beautiful?” She looks like a MAN to me! So, I guess you should say “HANDSOME!”

5 To MsMoni Fri, Nov 13, 2009 - 6:45 pm

I do agree with what you are saying but nobody can wait around to see if the woman really loves them. Most of these women want to be married so they have papers on them and when they get tired of the men they just take half of what they did not earn. Nobody can tell me that Shaunie wasn’t planning this from the start. She has been hiding money all along plotting on her getaway. She recently moveed to California and filed her divorce there because she new that was a 50/50 state when a marriage split. That right there shows me what she is all about. If I were them I’d have me a girlfriend for life and if she couldn’t accept that then she is welcome to leave but my money would still be my money.

6 Charles Tue, Nov 17, 2009 - 10:49 pm

WTF come guys I not says it ok, but if you are going to cheat Fuck the text message and the emails. Call her or him from a pay phone there are some still around, no cell phones either woman can find your codes.

7 Sisley Wed, Nov 18, 2009 - 12:04 pm

I love your perfuse being with…

“Laura Govan isn’t your typical NBA groupie turned wifey. Laura is an educated woman of African-American, Mexican and Hawaiian decent who comes from a prominent family of nine and grew up in a very affluent Bay area suburb of Orinda….”


These men need to be castrated for being such whores and the women need to their tubes tied.

8 Unsportsmanlike Conduct Wed, Nov 18, 2009 - 1:51 pm

All of this may be a lie.  All may be true.  We will never know.  The only thing we can say for certain is that this is NONE of anybody’s Business.  This is called life and people go through things.  I say mind your own business.

9 Derrick Wed, Nov 18, 2009 - 8:56 pm

I am with that about not getting married if you are a man with grip(big money).  Put that gym hat on and do what you got to do.  Other than that, these women are not dumb and they know how to get in a man’s back pocket for the next 15 to twenty years, maybe longer and they haven’t dribbled a ball, scored a touchdown or hit a home run.

10 Anthony C Thu, Nov 19, 2009 - 9:03 am

Shaq was never any good with his free throws.

11 Get Right Fri, Nov 27, 2009 - 5:45 pm

The idea that they shouldn’t get married because someone is only after their money is ridiculous.  We have no idea what was going on inside their marriage.  Perhaps she was hiding money because of repeated infidelity on his part.  How many average salaried couples have separate bank accounts for their own use without informing their spouse?  If I remember the broadcast of their wedding, it was Shaq who changed the traditional vows to say “for richer and richer.””  And he chose to go without a pre-nup.

All I have to say to anyone wealthy or not, male or female, if you don’t intend to respect and abide by your marriage vows, don’t get married.  To not be able to stand by your word on something that greatly affects more lives than your own shows a lack of maturity that should’ve been evident before the wedding.

12 Ladydi Fri, Nov 27, 2009 - 11:12 pm

Remember how we all jumped on Kobe for snitchin’ on Shaq. Little by little Kobe is looking better and better and Shaq is looking like a big dummy. In what universe do you not only chase your wife’s friend (like there aren’t other groupies he could grab hold of) but you also chase someone who may not be your friend but still is in an inner circle or fraternity of the NBA or your peer group. He continues to show how immature and mentally whacked out he is. I can only imagine what Kobe witnessed being a member of Shaq’s inner circle back then. I thought Kobe was lying when he said Shaq paid off his women and there was one that he paid a million dollars to be quiet. Good luck to Shaq. Once Shaunie is done he will have to live off of his residual checks from his Comcast commercials.

13 Bliss Mon, Nov 30, 2009 - 4:19 pm

I still can’t believe this went on… I mean dam I just can’t believe it at all.

14 JUICYBABY Wed, Dec 02, 2009 - 1:11 am


15 D. Hodge Sat, Dec 05, 2009 - 10:16 am

Listen my people!!! Shaq and Arenas are just “idiots” I agree with the gentleman. That girl looks like a man. Furthermore, it is so many “beautiful black” women in this world. Blackmen see a woman who is called by society, “exotic” and lose there damn minds. I use to be hung up on that superficial stuff until I realized that there are no women in the world that walk, talk, as beautiful, smart, swag,kiss, touch, and love a black man like a beautiful black woman.

16 Anonymous Tue, Dec 08, 2009 - 5:40 pm

She looks like a witch with that nose!  Shaunie is way more attractive than she is.

17 Beautiful Black Woman Wed, Dec 09, 2009 - 8:58 pm

Thank u D. Hodge!

18 Jah Fri, Dec 11, 2009 - 5:09 pm

If all of this is true then…

1.  I feel bad for Gilbert Arenas.  I hope he keeps the woman in the lives of his children, but simultaneously OUT of his pockets.  Cancel that wedding, partner.

2.  Perhaps this off-the-court drama is affecting the inconsistent play of the Cleveland Cavs and the Washington Wizards.

3.  Shaq’s reputation amongst his fellow NBA’ers (and all men everywhere) deserves to take a hit.  Too much ego, not enough willpower.


19 To Get Right Mon, Dec 14, 2009 - 4:14 pm

Get real!!! These women are always after these pro athletes for their money. He should not have cheated but that still doesn’t give her a reason to steal HIS money. Just like I said before, to all these pro ballers, DO NOT GET MARRIED!!! These gold diggers are out there and after one thing… And that is your money.

20 keep it real Thu, Dec 17, 2009 - 9:31 pm

man keep f**king shaq. women lie .keep f**king you are a homosapien. A natural born animal.

21 Wow! What were they thinking!! Fri, Dec 18, 2009 - 2:29 pm

Arenas’ chick looks like a man in drag. What the hell are these guys thinking!!? Arenas & Shaq both! But Gilbert has got to take the bigger hit for this one though. Didn’t you hear that “You can’t make a hoe a housewife!”

22 NBA Insider Sun, Jan 31, 2010 - 1:26 am

No really. Laura is a well known groupie. So is her sister. Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

23 big jim Sat, Feb 13, 2010 - 4:27 pm

people,  really to to be about they own business.  its two size too the shit.

24 Rob Base Thu, Feb 25, 2010 - 1:00 pm

Dear Ms. Deloris Tucker, are you still wondering why we call them BITCHES! RIP Tupac!

25 ali battla Tue, Mar 02, 2010 - 11:22 pm

whats up shaq? remember me?

26 ThatLeo Tue, Apr 13, 2010 - 9:51 pm

all i can say is men need to stop gettin married if u gone cheat.Whats the point of gettin married than?  And why if u makin all this money would u wanna give half way cuz your a dumb ass that cant keep his **** in his pants..Its sad..And now the thing is * Sex addiction* for cheating..Its getting ridiculious. Grow up men, try to atleast use ya head and think before u make dumb decisions!!

27 JGP Thu, Apr 15, 2010 - 1:31 pm

Thats a very sad situation. I have a lot of love for Shaq on the court, but his decision making off the court is very wrong. We all make mistakes, but be smart if you going to play the game. That goes for that Laura b@#ch too. I’m sure Shaq wife cheated on him too, but the difference is that she is two steps smarter than him and she never got caught.

28 ken Sun, Apr 18, 2010 - 1:45 pm

Gilbert’s gf is so unattractive….is she a shemale?  she looks like a transV

29 tyler Sun, Apr 18, 2010 - 1:47 pm

shaq’s gf is pretty.  laura looks like a guy for real.  why would he marry someone so unattractive?  he is an attractive guy.  she is plain ugly man looking and big looking.

30 shaq Mon, Apr 19, 2010 - 6:37 pm

damn. bitches aint shit but hoes and tricks.

31 dick head Sun, May 02, 2010 - 3:05 am

They both hoes no doubt

32 dick head Sun, May 02, 2010 - 3:06 am

That gotta hurt Gil..Shaq got ya bitch feet in that air!! LMAO!!

33 Yankee Girl Mon, May 10, 2010 - 2:08 am

If these men stop the process of getting married altogether then what are they supposed to do when they want to take companionship to the next level and put a ring on it?

It’s not that they shouldn’t get married, it’s that they need to get real and realize that when you marry a girl after only knowing just her name, birthday, and that she’s pretty, then expect to be played and taken to the cleaners.

Now there are many pro athletes with successful marriages, some of which are baseball players, such as: Jorge Posada, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant(despite the infidelity), etc.

I believe if you’re not willing to take the time out to investigate these strangers that enters into your life then when your assets are suddenly seized in a divorce then oh well.

34 nelliegirl Tue, May 11, 2010 - 9:27 pm

i think these men is just put into fame and its hard to take it all in but at all times you must think as if u was still that person without it all you need to stay humble and never forget where you came from and keep your parents and raising instilled in yourself that way you never lose yourself and keep your family and also keep clean bill of health

35 Tha Realist Wed, May 12, 2010 - 10:38 am

I mean WTF this is a mess…

Being with sumone of that status is all a give and take if you thot yall was going to have a white picket fence no infedility marraige with sumone who’s known for having 5 million chicks think again boo boo.  What did you expect?!?

And shaunie you know what’s been going on since day 1 yall both scandulous look how yall met.  It jus sucks u had to read it out like that on an e-mail.  I can only imagine how your husband felt..another old saying comes to mind.  What goes around comes around and thats REAL..

And NO dudes aint nothin but hoes and tricks any woman out there is a fool if she doesn’t see it that way…whether a good man or a bad one he’s one of the two in some way…

36 carmelprincess Wed, May 12, 2010 - 8:27 pm

shes a nasty bitch>>> KARMA! & her sister is a dumb bitch! definitely not a good look for such a “prominent” family…smh

37 MS CHARLIE Mon, May 24, 2010 - 2:26 pm


38 house wife Tue, May 25, 2010 - 11:48 am

Most couples don’t know how to deal with stress or with pressures of the normal person.  But you are right when you say don’t take the vows if you are not going to stick with them.  Everyone gets caught at one point in time from another person.  but the God sees all and then he takes judgement.  Somethings are let go because a person doesn’t know any better, but once you do something and you know better that when you get punished.  A women is not going to marry a man knowing they are going to get cheated on or just for money; you actually have to be able to deal with that person and the life.  To sum it up stay in the church buy a bible, read the bible because the rules to life are in it.  Every game has a rule book and if you don’t go by the rules you lose.

39 Rene Tue, May 25, 2010 - 3:14 pm

D. Hodge is on point!

I don’t care what anyone says, Laura and her sister at not lookers. They are only with nba players because of their light skin color and because they are “mixed”. After watching basketball wives i see many black players need help. They don’t like black women..smdh

anyone that chases these type broads deserves what they get

40 How Sad Tue, May 25, 2010 - 5:09 pm

Both she and her sister are with basketball players?  Coincidental?  What a are the chances of that happening?  It goes to show you that it is all about the fortune and fame with these women; how sad.  Also, if it were black women playing these games they would be considered whores, but when it is other than pure black women they are treated like trophies; pathetic black sports players.

41 Sad Tue, May 25, 2010 - 5:15 pm

I am so sick of seeing her sister Gloria on basketball wives acting all innocent when she is no better than anyone else!  She doesn’t fool me with her little purity act!

42 Disgusted Mon, May 31, 2010 - 12:33 pm

Gloria is not in denial she knows exactly what kind of man Matt is and it don’t matter long as she get’s paid.  Gloria and her sister Laura are both well aware of what they are in for; professional gold diggers are very smart.  Both tricks are engaged and have children with NBA players.  They know exactly what they are doing. Laura’s fianceee is the one I pity.  Who wants a woman whose been with Shaq?  lol These tricks get no sympathy from me.  As for Shaunie I respect her for leaving Shaq’s nasty behind but look how she got Shaq in the first place; by cheating on her first husband!

43 my name is ? Fri, Jun 04, 2010 - 11:21 pm

Both of them are groupies that sleep with each others men.bball wives pleases how about babies mamas. Shaq , Gilbert, Chris Web, ect…

44 matchmaker Thu, Jun 17, 2010 - 2:01 pm

i think gil should go down with shaunie… wdyt?

45 truth hurts Tue, Jun 22, 2010 - 3:03 am

I am so tired of people thinking they can judge people the way they do.I do agree with housewife everyone needs to purchase and read the bible everyday because we all fall short of GOD.There are so many story and lesson to be learned, you might find so similarities in bible that relate to yourselves.First of all if the media and (people who want know), would stay out of other peoples business,thes marriages could survive.I’m a 36 year old woman with two daughters GOD saw fit to bless me with and my parents have been through the same thing.Like my father said “If he was as wise as he is now he would have never cheated on my mom”,because he truly love her and he will never leave no matter what any trashy woman thought.But always remember this don’t mess with GOD he’s the creator of everything, even marriage…AMEN

46 sunshine Wed, Jun 30, 2010 - 10:44 pm

Please leave that no free throwing bastard alone shaq stinks and so does his personality I think he is a sore LOOOOOSER so what if he is a NBA player he is soooo jealous of my baby KOBE and for the hood rat he’s with are you serious she would care about his 50 kids DONT THINK SO both go eat a hot dog ass holes


47 sunshine Wed, Jun 30, 2010 - 10:50 pm

OMG I feel so bad what I just wrote about shaq NOT.  I should have asked that mutha f**ka to help me pay my light bill before it got shut off after he reads this he’ll be mad and want to smother my ass. THAT COCK SUCKA

48 GIRL PLEASE Mon, Dec 20, 2010 - 6:08 am


49 Adam Wed, Dec 29, 2010 - 10:34 pm

African-American sportsmen do so well in their game but end up being shitty role models!

Its like they are programmed to fail as dads, husbands, mentors or teachers.

Everyone wants a piece of them; even their women who should nurture and protect them is out to get them.

These poor men never stood a chance. So sad!

The average AA man in society is the lowest common denominator. He needs his AA woman as prop.

The typical AA woman is so clueless and arrogant. So continues to help society destroy her keep her man down and in the process destroy her race.

So sad!

50 Omugabe Fri, Dec 31, 2010 - 2:26 pm

Adam, where art thou?
Wherever you are, SHUT THE FCUK UP!

I can see your beady eyes; and the are green with envy of “African American sportsmen”, who “do well in their game” AT LEAST!

What have you accomplished in your miserable/self-hating life that you can be meaningful ‘role model’ to anyone?  From your comments here, not much of a ‘role model’.

African American sportsmen and their women have done more to lift their ‘race’, than most other!  However, those narrow of minds aren’t going to be able to appreciate that fact about the contribution of African American sportsmen, among the best of the world’s athletes who demonstrate much mastery over the body.

51 Shilite Sun, Jan 02, 2011 - 11:04 pm

We are now living in the days of the wild, wild, west the only thing that is different, now we have ignorance with guns, loud mouth, rude, rich bitchin housewives and girlfriends on T.V. making themselves look like complete low class human beings.  I can say it is nice to see that some of them are toning down some, NeNe of Atlanta, I love watching you now.

52 stacy Sun, Mar 06, 2011 - 10:24 pm

Seriously any woman that has been romantically involved with Shaq knows this is definitely how he talks!!!this is real and Laura is a nasty hoe and thats what she gets!!im glad Gilbert didnt marry that slut bag!!If Matt is smart he wont marry Gloria either!!HOES!

53 Erskin Hansen Thu, Mar 10, 2011 - 2:50 pm

Maybe these stars should look for spiritual counseling before marriage, and focus on keeping God first in their lives. Even preachers can fall away from the God when they take their eyes off of him… and they know “the Word”. So evil thoughts, carnal thinking, and demonic influence can have a parade in the lives of prideful people who think they’re so strong without God having their back. The preacher that falls knows better, and is wise and unashamed enough to go back to God for forgiveness and strength. The prideful person believes they’re too “good” or without “a big enough fault” to think they need saving. Marriages will continue to decline as long as people think they can do it without God.

54 let's be reasonable reasonable & rational Fri, Apr 01, 2011 - 3:18 am

It seems everyone is getting what they want. These men want beautiful women to have sex with & these women want to get money out of them. Give & take right? As long as they know what they’re getting themselves into ( and I’m sure they do) it’s up to them. Who cares? There are so many other things to do than worry about what’s going to happen in their lives.

55 A Real Woman Tue, Sep 27, 2011 - 12:39 am

I really hope for her sake that the father is Gilbert because if not that will solidify what everyone is thinking. On another note, she really looks manly whats up with those eyebrows. Men only see light skin and long hair.

56 Beekay82 Tue, Oct 04, 2011 - 1:58 am

If you ask me, the touchdowns, slam dunks, and home runs aren’t worth the cash they get for it. So neither are worthy of being rich. Just saying.

57 Beekay82 Tue, Oct 04, 2011 - 2:11 am

And what part if being light-skinned or mixed factors into a real solid relationship? Seriously. You guys are tripping. Ya’ll talk about these women but you sound the same. people just f#*! Light skinned, long haired women all the time and not marry them. You don’t kno these mens reasons…let it go. If it isn’t real, they’ll learn. I’ve seen pure black, egotistical, self-loathing, gold-digging, blah blah women as well so…

58 EB Tue, Oct 04, 2011 - 6:26 pm

I wish i could call that bitch laura up and tell her to bring this up they group meetings when they talking about DRAYA!

59 Laughing And Living Fri, Oct 07, 2011 - 5:19 pm

If Draya Was Any Kind Of Smart She Would Shut Laura’s Big Body Down To The Ground With This Lil Bit Of Google Information Right Here!

60 dayday Wed, Oct 12, 2011 - 3:50 pm

Laura really is ugly as hell!!!!!!!!!!

61 mary Sun, Oct 16, 2011 - 10:46 pm

I HATE, HATE Laura Goven!!!!!! She comes off as such a goodie goodie on the show but she is nothing but a home wrecking WHORE!! Who is she to judge Draya. The bitch is just jealous of her! Wonder why Shauni even let her on the show since she is a excutive producer!! Shame on you Laura! Nasty, just plain nasty!

62 Courtney Sun, Oct 16, 2011 - 10:50 pm

Laura….you are the REAL “Drop Off”!! You should NOT be on that show. You disgust me, seriously. Your sister Gloria is just as disgusting as you!! WHORE!!!

63 Detail Oriented Tue, Nov 15, 2011 - 12:28 am

The YBF email posts don’t match up time-wise, they are out of sync and appears that they’re emailing from different time zones.  Also, the name Laura Govan changes to Lonnie Govan a few times.  Not to mention, the purple black out over the email addresses doesn’t cover the entire thing so you can tell by the way the bottom of the letters look that the email addresses are different as well.  Shady.  I wouldn’t be surprised either way, if not Laura with Shaq, then probably some others.

64 Some black guy Fri, Aug 03, 2012 - 2:07 am

Shaq has always been a fag.  He’s one of the most overrated players in history.  I could take 80%+ of my shots from within 4 feet if I were 7’ and weigh as much as he did and come out exactly the same.  He’s a freak of nature with a massive ego but no great ballplayer.  It’s sad when basketball fans drool all over this guy.  They have no clue at all.

65 jeff Thu, Dec 06, 2012 - 3:01 am