Malaysia Pargo became emotional in the latest episode of ‘Basketball Wives’ after she recalled her brother Dontae Hayes’ death. Here’s who he was and what happened to him.
The ‘Basketball Wives’ episode decided to bring some serious discussion into the show. Malaysia became emotional as she recalled the memories after her brother’s death. People on Twitter also grieved with the reality star as they showed their support on social media.
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Who was Malaysia’s brother Dontae Hayes?
Dontae’s death has been a topic of discussion in previous seasons of the show as well. This season, fans got to see an emotional Malaysia once again. Dontae had passed away after being shot by the police in 2013. He was 20 years old at the time of his death.
On December 31, 2013, Dontae was approached by the police offers after he failed to appear in court, as reported by Monsters and Critics. The police had a warrant for him at that time. Dontae was shot by the police after they claimed he pulled a handgun out of his waistband.
However, Dontae’s family denied this. Taffy Hayes, Donate’s mother filed unlawful death lawsuit against the City of Riverside in 2014. She was seeking $25,000 in damages. It is unclear if they reached any settlement.
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Twitter reacts to news of Malaysia’s brother
Several people on Twitter reacted to the latest episode. “I truly hate that as black parents we have to have the race conversation with our children. Tonight’s episode of #BasketballWives just took me back to the same convo I had with my son just B4 our 1st protest together. Thanks, @MalaysiaPargo I know it was tough but needed!!!” read one comment.
Another added, “@MalaysiaPargo I salute and clench my fist in support for you. You showed people who still don’t care or understand how frightening it is to be Black in America especially while raising/being a Black youth. THE TALK is multigenerational. The lynchings are too.”