No “guest star” on Basketball Wives has been thrown into the spotlight and gained as much attention in four seasons the way that Nia Crooks has. Though she’s been friends with Evelyn Lozada for years (and Jennifer Williams, too), she has never really been visible on the show until that slap she landed on Jennifer’s face. Nia was chilling in Evelyn’s dressing room before the reunion and when the topic of the slap came up in my chat with Evelyn, I just had to ask Nia a few questions to clear things up. In short: It has made her life hell and she regrets it. But here’s what she had to say in a little more detail.
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.
Evelyn: 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.
Nia: It’s not easy.