June 08, 2012 01:58 PM by Shayla Perry
It was the slap heard ’round the reality TV world. But now that this season of VH1‘s Basketball Wives is over (and she’s being sued), what does Evelyn Lozada‘s assistant, Nia Crooks have to say about her actions and all the backlash she’s been getting for smacking Jennifer Williams?
Though she isn’t proud of what she did, Nia Crooks doesn’t necessarily think that she was entirely in the wrong for slapping Jennifer Williams in the face on VH1′s Basketball Wives.
“Yeah, they don’t know me and I get that,” Crooks tells VH1 backstage at the Basketball Wives Reunion. “I’m a part of this story, but I’m just a person that walked in a room and sat down and said something to a person and got up and smacked her. So it looks like I’m bullying someone who welcomed the smack.
“She said, ‘I wish you would,’” Nia argues. “She cut the conversation off because she doesn’t want anyone to know who she really is. She’s a total different person outside of this. Being a celebrity is not for everyone, some people’s heads get inflated, some don’t. And if you have new people around you in your life, it’s not the people you’ve been around forever, that says a lot about a person.”
So does she have any regrets?
“I just wish my reaction wouldn’t have been that,” admits Crooks. “I can’t take that back now, but that’s the way I was raised, that’s how I grew up, that’s a normal reaction of mine.”
According to Evelyn, “ever since all the negativity and the lawyers and everything,” Nia has been extremely emotional.
“Nothing can ever prepare you for being in public and having a million people have an opinion about you on a daily basis,” Lozada explains. “She’s just been thrown into this.”
What do you think RTVM: Was Nia “thrown into this,” as Evelyn says, or did she ask for it? What’s your reaction to what Crooks had to say about slapping Jennifer? Is “that’s the way I was raised” a reasonable excuse? Sound off in the Comments section below.
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