I’ve been riding with Jennifer Williams pretty tough on this season of “Basketball Wives.” She’s been able to hold it down as a lady despite shenanigans with Evelyn every time they come across each other—and in spite of the reaction most of us would have coming across a chick that bonkers. But today, Jen has thrown me for a bit of a loop because not only is she filing a lawsuit against Evelyn’s assistant Nia Crooks, who we saw slap her up on Monday night’s episode, she’s also holding a press conference to make the announcement. What is this, the inauguration?
I will hand it to Jen for keeping her word. In February, she told the Breakfast Club that she won’t hit anybody physically on camera but she will hit them with a lawsuit, which is exactly what she’s doing tomorrow, but what’s with all the pomp and circumstance? Tomorrow at 11 am we’re all supposed to anxiously tune in to listen to her civil attorney, Sanford Rubenstein Esq, address the civil lawsuit filed in New York County Supreme Court and then turn around and hear her criminal attorney, Sabrina Puglisi, talk about the status of the criminal complaint filed by Jennifer in the state of Florida. Why? We already know what this is about—not a bruised cheek more like a bruised ego.
Speaking of bruises, the assault and battery charge seems a bit extreme as well. Technically, Jen was assaulted when Nia walked up on her and popped her in the face but, I don’t know, something about it just rubs me the wrong way. Call me ratchet it you like but instead of sitting there and taking that smack like she didn’t see it coming, Jen needed to let Nia know not to ever lay hands on her again by giving her a taste of her own medicine. I know she doesn’t want to fight on camera, but I wouldn’t want to get disrespected and punked like that on camera either, and if Nia really doesn’t have anything worth suing her for like Jenn said during the altercation, again I find myself asking, what is this all about?
I’m sure part of this whole fiasco is to excite her storyline on “Basketball Wives,” and I understand how important it is to be a mother f***ing factor on the show, but I liked how she was ignoring the BS and handling most of the drama on the low. I think she should have done the same thing with this situation. File your papers (if you must), talk about it during your next media appearance, but don’t hype up this foolishness for no reason—unless she’s about to sue er’body. There was that interesting conversation about all of the ladies getting notices that Jen would take legal action if things got out of hand during taping. Now if she drops news tomorrow that she’s taking everybody down then I take everything I said back because that is definitely press conference worthy. And if that is the case, I just hope Jen thoroughly understands the phrase biting the hand that feeds you because if she tries to take Shaunie and VH1 down, it’s game over for her and her BBW legacies and I’m pretty sure that lip gloss line she’s working on will not pay her bougie bills. I’d also like to suggest a kickboxing class during her downtime.
Here’s a clip from the fight that led up to Jen’s lawsuit. Do you think she’s doing too much filing criminal and civil lawsuits against Nia or is it a smart move?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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