Former skilled basketball participant Corey Benjamin apologizes for his daughter’s actions after sucker-punching an opposing participant at a basketball match. The lady reportedly threw the punch on the behest of her mom.
The 15-year-old sufferer’s mom stated her daughter was disoriented from a concussion following the blow final week. She has filed a police report.
Benjamin, who beforehand performed for the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, was not on the recreation however noticed the now-viral video. He was saddened by what he noticed. An legal professional for the household stated they want to see each mom and daughter held accountable.
“This is not how I raised my daughter,” he advised NBC Los Angeles.
“To the young lady who was punched by my daughter during a youth basketball game, I sincerely apologize to you, and I am praying for your complete healing both physically and emotionally,” Benjamin stated. “To her family, I deeply apologize and regret that this happened to your daughter as she did not deserve this to happen to her. Finally, I apologize to all of those who have been impacted and hurt by the actions of my daughter as well as those of her mother. I am here for your family and wish only the best for you.”
He added, “As a father, I’m shocked and disappointed at my daughter’s behavior as this is not a reflection of the values and standards that my family holds. Nor does it exemplify the values, character, and spirit of sportsmanship that the game of basketball requires. My daughter made a mistake. One that she will need to make right. I am committed to getting my daughter any help she may need and support her in taking accountability for her conduct.”
The incident happened within the second and last recreation of the autumn match final Sunday. The SoCal Blaze had been up by at the very least 15 factors when a participant from the opposing Dream Academy shot a three-pointer and missed. Shortly after, the video exhibits the participant taking a swing on the sufferer after her mom yelled, “You better go hit her.”
As quickly because the participant hit the bottom, a referee blew a whistle to cease the sport. The sport subsequently ended.
This isn’t the primary time Benjamin’s daughter has been in sizzling water at a match. She swung on two gamers again in September, leading to a ban from that specific group. It’s doable the group holding final week’s recreation was unaware of her prior ban.