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We’ve heard from just about everyone involved in the infamous “Basketball Wives” slap that sent viewers into a fury and VH1, Shed Media, and the cast members into a frenzy, except for the one who did the slapping, Nia Crooks.

Nia really should have been the non-m-effing factor in this season of the series considering she only had about a total of 15 minutes on camera from the two episodes she’s appeared in, but her actions in that short amount time have made her one of the major focuses of the entire brand, and VH1 caught up with her during the reunion special to get her take on how things have panned out from her point of view. Here’s what she said:

What’s life been like for you since you appeared on the show?

Hell. I could never imagine being in this predicament over something like that. And a person that I used to love is now just somebody I knew. It’s hell.

Have people been mean, how have you been treated?

Yeah, they don’t know me and I get that, I’m 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.” She cut the conversation off because she doesn’t want anyone to know wh 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, and it’s not the people you’ve been around forever, that says a lot about a person.

If you could do this over, would you have never appeared on the show?

I just wish my reaction wouldn’t have been that. 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.

At the end of the interview, Evelyn interjected to share her thoughts on her assistant/friend and said:

“Can I just say I have known Nia for years, and I have never in all those years seen Nia cry — you know I cry at the drop of a hat — and ever since all the negativity and the lawyers and everything, I have never seen her cry like this until now and it’s tough. Nothing can ever prepare you for being in public and having a million people have an opinion about you on a daily basis. She’s just been thrown into this.”

What Evelyn neglected to mention was Nia threw herself into that when she threw her hand on Jen’s face but I imagine she’s learned that lesson by now. I’m curious if Nia being at the reunion special means she’ll actually appear on-camera. From the sneak peek of part two airing tonight you can’t tell but we do see Jen and Evelyn at least get into the details of the case.

Check out the preview clip here. What do you think about Nia’s reaction to this entire case?


Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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