'Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: former NBA player Glen Rice Jr. gets angry

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Sunday, December 20, 2015

For the second time this season, Kenya Moore felt the need to kick someone out of her abode and it led to violence.

She is just that magic reality show elixir! Bring her to boil and poof! Drama!

A few weeks back, she tried to kick Shamea Morton off a boat and that indirectly led to the Cynthia Bailey/Porsha Williams clash. This time, Kenya wanted Tammy's nephew Glen Rice Jr. out of their Miami rental. Angrily, he pushed his aunt to the ground while she tried to block him from attacking Kenya and she was knocked out. Tammy was taken to the hospital but was ultimately okay.

A former Georgia Tech basketball player, Glen has gotten in trouble before. According to a Buzz story in October:

The younger Rice, a Walton High School graduate, was dismissed from the Tech team in March 2012 by coach Brian Gregory following a charge of permitting unlawful operation of a vehicle related to a shooting incident outside an Atlanta nightclub. He went on to play in the NBA Development League.

He played 16 games with the Washington Wizards from 2013-2015.

Glen was then shot in the leg this past October outside T.I.'s restaurant Scales 925. That apparently happened soon after this Miami trip.

Kenya felt justified in her actions in both situations. When it came to Glen, "it felt like it was escalating," she said. "I noticed this behavior seemed aggressive. He was acting in a threatening way."

Indeed, Glen had a bad attitude from the moment she tried to engage her in Miami. He also popped off at Kandi Burruss for no particular reason. "He was mean mugging me!" she said.

Not that everyone agreed that Glen should have been booted. Phaedra Parks, for instance, felt that black men tend be targeted too often as threatening.

"We have to careful about labeling," Sheree Whitfield said to Phaedra in a separate conversation.

Phaedra: "It's not cool what Kenya has done. She is like any white woman in suburbia who becomes afraid." Phaedra then got tearful thinking about visiting Michael Brown's mother in Ferguson last year.

After the incident, Kim Fields packed up and left for a hotel. She did not feel safe. Kandi, who was very pregnant, departed early as well, not wanting undue extra stress.

The rest of the ladies had a lovely time the rest of the Miami trip with no incidents. And Porsha traded spit with a hot Venezuelan dude named Oliver. Duke Williams, the NFL player, was out of the picture soon after that party she held for him that likely freaked him out.

Near the end of the episode, Kim met with Kenya. Kenya wanted to clear the air and maintain good relations with someone who could potentially shepherd her sitcom "Life Twirls On."

Kim explained why she departed. "I didn't feel like it had to happen that way when you're manufacturing some drama... When you provoke someone and you accuse them of things, I'm not going to take part."

Kenya: "That's not how it happened."

Ultimately, Kenya was not in a mood to escalate things.

Kenya: "I like you Kim. We're still trying to know each other. We can be honest with each other."

Kim: "As long as we respect and agree to disagree, I'm okay."

Kim's take to the cameras: "I'm not sure what Kenya's goals are when she does these things. If she holds fast to what her truths are, that's her truths."

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.