A 15-year-old Asian American girl was punched at a basketball tournament in Orange County on Sunday, CBS Los Angeles reports. Her mother claims it was a sucker punch.
Lauryn Ham was playing with her team the “SoCal Blaze” at a tournament in Garden Grove when an opponent punched her in the face.
The punch was captured on video. In the video, a girl approaches Lauryn and punches her in the face during a game.
Lauryn’s mother Alice says her daughter is now in concussion protocol, ABC 7 reports. She has been mostly resting in a dark room as she recovers.
Alice claims that the mother of the girl who punched her daughter yelled “go and hit her” before the punch was thrown, CBS Los Angeles reports.
“It’s on the video, you can hear it plain and simple (and) the ref that was there also heard it and is willing to give testament,” Alice Ham told CBS Los Angeles.
Officials ejected the girl and her mother from the tournament. Alice has filed a police report against both of them.
The girl who punched Lauryn plays for the Dream Academy. She is believed to be the daughter of an NBA player, ABC 7 reports.
Alice believes the mother provoked the attack, but it is unclear why the girl punched Lauryn. Before the punch occurs, the girl can be seen falling over as Lauryn tries to stop her from taking a shot.
Alice wants the mother and daughter to be held accountable.
Attorney Brett Greenfield, who is representing the mother and daughter, told ABC 7 in a statement that his clients are “deeply and sincerely remorseful.”
“This is a unfortunate incident involving a very hard working and promising student athlete,” he said in the statement. “We must keep some perspective and keep in mind that this is a young minor who has made a mistake.”
Greenfield also says the girl is receiving intense social media abuse.
“The comments on social media in response to this incident are a cause of great concern for both the minor and her family,” Greenfield said in his statement. “We would respectfully request that she be given the benefit of the doubt and that her privacy be respected given her young age.”
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