‘Basketball Wives’ Boycotting Reunion Over Jen’s Lawsuit
News of Jennifer Williams’ lawsuit against Nia Crooks—and the pending press conference—has reached her BBW cast members and the ladies aren’t too thrilled. According to TMZ, they’re boycotting the reunion special which is supposed to tape fairly soon.
Sources at VH1 told the site that the castmates are convinced Jen’s lawsuit was “filed out of spite and desperation to dredge up drama around her character — in the vain hope of securing a spot on the show next season.” They also say Jen claiming emotional distress as a result of the slap is complete BS, considering she never missed a day of shooting for season 4.
If Jen attends the reunion show, “several prominent castmembers” have threatened to stay home. They also plan to shun her completely and not speak to her at all. I’m pretty sure she won’t mind that, especially since these “prominent castmembers” are probably Tami and Evelyn.
Beyond these ladies thoughts on her lawsuit, Jen may not have a legal leg to stand on, as the contract signed by the ladies specifically states, “Participant expressly assumes the risk of any physical or emotional injuries participant may suffer as a result of participant’s participation in the project.” In other words, at this point you know what you’re signing up for. Jen doesn’t care though, she wrote this response after the fight aired on her blog:
“After the event took place I felt very violated. I had never been slapped in my face and even though my mind was still trying to process all that went down I knew what I had to do to get some justice. Don’t think because I didn’t physically fight back doesn’t mean I am not doing anything about this incident or I am a punk. I am doing this the right way and using our legal system to seek justice. I am a businesswoman and an entrepreneur; I cannot represent myself fighting in such a manner. Corporate America would never take me serious.”
I’m pretty sure the other ladies are calling VH1’s bluff about not attending the reunion, especially if bonuses like the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” get are involved. I have a feeling this could end up like the “Love and Hip Hop” reunion though, with everybody doing one-on-one interviews instead of being in one room together.
Do you think a reunion will happen?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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