So much has been said about Evelyn Lozada, it’s hard to keep track anymore. Many viewers of VH1’s Basketball Wives have strong opinions about the reality star and the show’s violent female-on-female shenanigans.
The Broward State Attorney’s Office filed a misdemeanor battery charge last week against Lozada’s assistant Nia Crooks, who allegedly slapped cast member Jennifer Williams at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach during filming in January. A hearing is set for later this month; Crooks could face up to one year in jail.
And there’s that ongoing petition against Lozada at online platform Change.org: Backlash about Chad and Ev, the upcoming spinoff, filming in Miami, about her nuptials to new Miami Dolphin Chad Ochocinco.
It’s all so ugly, but Lozada soldiers on. “As far as all that controversy, it really has been tough for me because I couldn’t understand why we were being targeted. There are so many other reality shows where women argue,’’ says Lozada. “Why it became a Basketball Wives thing, I can’t say. It’s frustrating.’’
” Some good has come of the Wives scandals.
“I think all the negativity forced all of us to take a look at ourselves and maybe we do need to clean some of this stuff up and be a little more mature. But as Chad says, ‘A little controversy is not always such a bad thing.’’’
Business is good for Lozada, who closed her Miracle Mile Dulce shoe store in favor of a thriving online shop. She also sells clothing on her eponymous website (T-shirts with her sayings sell like hotcakes).
And the Bronx native’s love life couldn’t be rosier. The wedding to the footballer, whom she met through direct messages on Twitter in 2010, is going on as planned next month at an undisclosed location. The couple had some trouble finding a venue to accommodate their on-camera needs. This morsel was reported by the tabloids but in a more harsh way: rumor was that the pair wasn’t welcome anywhere. Not true, says Lozada. “That was blown all out of proportion. A lot of the resorts and hotels don’t necessarily like their properties or employees being filmed.’’