A mother in California has filed a police complaint after her daughter was left with a concussion from a vicious sucker punch during a youth basketball game.
The video shows a player catch Alice Ham’s daughter Lauryn by surprise, swinging a wild roundhouse punch that smashes into her chin and throat, and knocks her to the floor.
The referee told NBCLA the other girl’s mother allegedly said to her daughter, “You better go hit her”
“”She did it with intention. A mother inciting violence by telling her daughter go and attack my child,” Ham said.
NBCLA reached out to the tournament organizers at the Antelope Valley Athletic Club but got no response.
According to the coach for the SoCal Blaze, the teenager who threw the punch is from LA. She was ejected from the gym. The coach says he ended the game.
NBCLA is not identifying the teen as she is underage.”
A teen was left with a concussion after another teen girl was caught on camera punching her at a Garden Grove girls' basketball game. The referee claims to have heard something disturbing right before the punch. https://t.co/TbWE91fAuR
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) November 10, 2021
Here’s the sucker punch in question:
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Attorney Brett Greenfield, who represents the family of the teen girl who threw the punch, released a statement to Eyewitness News:
“My client and her family are deeply and sincerely remorseful. This is a unfortunate incident involving a very hard working and promising student athlete. We must keep some perspective and keep in mind that this is a young minor who has made a mistake.”
“The comments on social media in response to this incident are a cause of great concern for both the minor and her family. We would respectfully request that she be given the benefit of the doubt and that her privacy be respected given her young age.”
There’s no place for this in youth sports, or any game for that matter.