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'Basketball Wives' -- Nia Crooks

Charged with Battery

for Insane Slap Attack

4/20/2012 3:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Basketball Wives" star Nia Crooks has been charged with misdemeanor battery for pimp slappin' the taste out of Jennifer Williams' mouth back in January ... TMZ has learned.

A rep for the Broward County State's Attorney's Office tells us ... officials decided to file the charge on April 10 ... after Williams filed a criminal complaint.

If convicted, Nia faces up to a year in the slammer.

During the incident, which aired on last week's episode of "Basketball Wives" -- Nia can be heard threatening to slap Jennifer ... to which Jennifer replied, "I wish you would." Her wish was granted.

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4:39 PM PST --
Nia's lawyer Marc David Seitles tells TMZ ...  "We will vigorously defend Nia against these charges. The women on the show executed contracts expressly accepting the risk that a physical altercation could occur."

The lawyer adds, "Given that Jennifer herself has previously instigated fights on the show, to cry foul now is absurd and a desperate attempt for publicity and money. We will fight until Nia is vindicated."
 
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121.

Saszy2    

Best believe that Jen and Eric will not divorce. They still love each other. He will come 2 her rescue.

889 days ago
122.

Saszy2    

Just think about this too, this took place in the infamous STAND YOUR GROUND STATE!Had Jen been packing, Nia and Ev might be history!

888 days ago
123.

Isis Phoenix    

Boycotting the Basketball Wives of Miami and Los Angeles
VH1 and its corporate parent, Viacom Entertainment has aired 4 seasons of their Basketball Wives television franchise. The show was initially promoted as an avenue for viewers to grow, learn and discuss the successes and perils of life as a “basketball wife.” However, the show has proven to be nothing more than a set of glossy choreographed boxing matches marked by superficiality and monumental levels of bullying. In the year 2012, where we have a bi-racial president and an African American first lady, we need not be “tragically colored.” The reality series perpetuates the most vulgar stereotypes about women of color particularly, Black women. The show has very few redeeming qualities if any at all. Young people across the nation tune into to the most grotesque illustrations of black femininity. Women well beyond their child-bearing years, cursing, fighting and destroying property. One would have to assume that the show’s wild success presents a complicated problem for thoughtful, scripted and well crafted television. American popular culture has taken on a particular tone similar to that of Ancient Rome. Americans have become a ravenous community obsessed with the “spectacle.” Romans were consumed with their violent gladiators and many Americans are consumed with their tragic reality t.v. “stars.” These questionable activities occur all in the name of entertainment. Hollywood is a beautiful cultural mosaic made mostly out of broken dreams and broken people. But, we refuse to partake in Black cultural degradation and misappropriation. In the year 2000, we thought that the matrix would hijack us little did we know that we would run towards it with open arms. It is beginning to border on exploitation and we are all finally tapping out on this one. We are people of color and we are talented, determined and cosmically powerful. We embody light and love. We do not want to see these types of representations of Black women on VH1 in the form of Basketball Wives Miami or Los Angeles!

888 days ago
124.

Isis Phoenix    

Boycott the Basketball Wives Reality Series
copy and paste the following link
http://www.change.org/petitions/cancel-vh1-s-basketball-wives-reality-series

888 days ago
125.

GPSherrie    

Hey Nia, when you go to jail you'll get a chance to prove just how bad you are. If Jennifer is taken off the show then all that are reading this we should boycott the show for the simple fact non of us are going to let any person slap us for any reason. Besides these are not children they are grown women. By the way Evelyn why didn't you all go after Tammi like you doing Jennifer. As far as I'm concerned God's got something for all of you, because you are a disgrace.

888 days ago
126.

Linda R. Herman    

Vindication for Nia? Puh-leez! She needs to suffer the consequences of her actions. KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF!

888 days ago
127.

carolyn    

All I can say to Jenniferis.... Don't cast your pearls amongst swine.

887 days ago
128.

CLASSYLADY    

Please stop insulting people in the "ghetto" by saying Shaunie, Tami, Evelyn, Susie, and Nia act "ghetto", they crawled from under a rock in the deep back woods somewhere! They have no respect for themselves, children or family to get on National Television and show that wild boars have more class, character and look better than they do. The producers are mad because they wanted to exploit women of color in a negative manner and all of them have done just that. Shaunie, Tami, Evelyn, Susie, Nia, producers, and their lawyers’ you will all get your payback soon, very soon, there is a use for dirt but there is no use for any of you not even as CAT LITTER. Jennifer and Royce have taken the positive position GOD GRACED them with and used it to be Strong Positive Role Models for all Black Women they are Very Classy Ladies and I give them the utmost respect, GOD IS ALWAYS BLESSING THEM!

887 days ago
129.

wisewife    

It is obvious that the networks only want to operate within the narrow framework of mainstream media’s stereotypical black woman. For those who believe that this issue is about changing the channel, please take heed to her words. The networks aren’t interested in a media image for African American women that is positive, intelligent or even dignified. They only want the image with which they are comfortable. African Americans should be offended by this philosophy. We are better, we deserve better. We must demand better.
http://www.change.org/petitions/cancel-basketball-wives

886 days ago
130.

Joyce Jones    

Yeah, for Jennifer. Get that girl in the slammer with Eve, Tammy and Shaunie.

886 days ago
131.

kimmy trimble    

I don;t understand why the produces of basketball wives are upset with Jen, because she foul a lawsuit. But the produces aloud all this drama to go on this long. I wouldn't be surprise that everybody stop watching Basketball wives , then what. Their won't be any rating for this show.

886 days ago
132.

cbb    

Tammy is the ring leader of the bully squad. Evelyn and Shaunie seem to always agree with Tammy and her wanting to have a conversation with someone. These conversations always lead up to a fight or destructive behavior. Most of the conversations Tammy initiates do not even have anything to do with her. They are someone else’s issue, but as we know she is just trying to keep it real. Yea, real ghetto!

885 days ago
133.

TRICE     

WELL IM GLAD JENNIFER IS MOVING ON WITH HER LIFE CHOOSEING HER FRIENDS WISELY. I ONLY WATCH THE SHOW BECAUSE OF JEN AND HOW SHE RESPECT HERSELF & DONT FEED INTO STUPID STUFF!!!

884 days ago
134.

Eric     

Been coming to this site almost daily for some time now.
Gotta say I agree with most articles. Nice to finally see some truth out there.

883 days ago
135.

Velma    

What makes these women think they have the right to make Jennifer their punching bag. Shawnie consistantly throws the stones to get the S--t started and hides her hands. When will they catch on to her bull. Why did't she have Evelyn charged as well. Jennifer and Kesha are the only ones of them with an ounce of class.

883 days ago
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