Those expecting Chamique Holdsclaw's appearance on OWN's "Iyanla: Fix My Life" to offer juicy details about the aggravated assault charges resulting from an incident with ex-girlfriend Jen Lacy have another think coming.
Instead, life coach Iyanla Vanzant re-directs Holdsclaw to her past and her painful relationship with her mother, Bonita.
The preview posted by OWN at Huffington Post pretty much summarizes things well without offering too many spoilers.
According to relationship expert Iyanla Vanzant, this violent outburst is a symptom of a larger issue and one that she helps Holdsclaw identify on a new episode of "Iyanla: Fix My Life." Iyanla believes that beneath the surface of this woman struggling with her anger and self-control is a young girl who resents the absent mother she says was an alcoholic.
When Iyanla gets Holdsclaw and her mother in the same room, she encourages Holdsclaw to speak from her heart, directly to her mother, about her childhood resentment.
Present even within that brief summary is the risk of abdicating Holdsclaw of all responsibility for her actions, yet Vanzant's mission is the opposite, as she explains to Bonita: "My mission is to help this mother make the distinction between blame and responsibility."
Rather than digging further into legal matters and Vanzant attempts to bring some coherence to details that many women's basketball fans are familiar with in one way or another to show that the aggravated assault charges didn't come from nowhere, as previously written by New York Daily News' Filip Bondy earlier this year.
Far from rejecting personal responsibility - and setting aside a few moments of standard reality TV production - the show is primarily about helping Holdsclaw take the first steps down a path to healing and even if that's not what we would all expect to see right now given her actions it's clearly an important step forward for this mother and daughter pair.
For more on the events that led up to Holdsclaw's arrest, visit our storystream on the matter.