In the next provacative episode of “Iyanla, Fix My Life,” airing at 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 on OWN, Iyanla Vanzant turns her attention to 2000 Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw, a former basketball standout at the University of Tennessee.

According to the network, the renowned “life coach” travels to Atlanta to help the retired WNBA superstar “confront the inner demons at the source of some troubling behavior,” including a November 2012 incident in which she fired a gun at her girlfriend’s car, leading to her arrest. During their discussion, Holdsclaw opens up to Vanzant about losing the most important person in her life — her grandmother.

“What happened after your grandmother died?” Vanzant asked as she and Holdsclaw sat facing each other at center court in an empty basketball arena.

“I was really in a funk. I got really depressed,” Holdsclaw responded. “Everything seemed off balance. I really was searching for that confidante — that person who was going to be my grandmother in my life. My mom was trying to be there. She was like calling me everyday and I’m like, ‘This is too much!”

“What’s too much?,” Vanzant asked.

Holdsclaw explained, “I couldn’t go from having someone be inconsistent in my life and think all of a sudden, everything is just going to turn right back around and you’re just going to be right there with me every step of the way. I’m like, ‘No.’”

Once again, Vanzant interrupted saying, “Because I wonder, was it your ex that you went aftrer with the bat and the gun, or was it your mother?”

Vanzant and Holdsclaw will explore why the loss of her grandmother “threw her entire world off balance.”


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