Jennifer Williams may have inadvertently ousted herself from future seasons of “Basketball Wives.”
According to reports, Jennifer’s co-stars are refusing to participate in the season 4 reunion show, scheduled for next month, if she continues with her lawsuit against Nia Crooks, the woman who slapped her on air. The ladies are refusing to tape with Jennifer, according to TMZ.
Tami Roman told Sister 2 Sister, "Many things have transpired over the past few weeks, in which certain individuals feel uncomfortable in each others’ space. We are working out the details to ensure that ‘Basketball Wives’ brings a high energy, fun and eventful reunion to the viewers."
While most of the women on the show settle their disputes and differences with violence, Jennifer has asserted that she prefers not to fight in front of the cameras. She prefers to just take it to the courts.
“Violence against any woman is wrong. When a woman hits another woman it sets a horrible example and I choose to use the justice system to fight back,” Jennifer said in a statement, but her castmates aren’t supporting that.
It’s unclear whether Jennifer’s slot as part of the cast is in jeopardy; however, there’s already an established precedent that filing a lawsuit against a co-star can result in dismissal from the show.
When former cast member Meeka Claxton brought a lawsuit against Tami Roman, who struck Meeka during a trip to Italy, Meeka was subsequently fired.
While Jennifer has been a large part of this season’s storyline, she hasn’t been taping with breakout star Evelyn Lozada, and that has limited her scenes. Shaunie O’Neal admitted that the strain between Evelyn and Jennifer has made this season difficult.
Meanwhile, Evelyn isn’t sure she’ll be returning to “Basketball Wives.” When asked if her new show would take her away from “Basketball Wives,” she tweeted, “In all honesty, I’m not sure.”
So far, none of the show’s stars have commented on reports about the boycott.
—Tracy L. Scott