According to NBC News, a southern California mother who shouted from the stands for her daughter to hit her opponent at a youth basketball game last year was ordered to pay more than $9,000 in restitution, undergo anger management, and write apology letters.
How did this happen?
In a statement from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the network quoted a statement from Latira Shonty Hunt, 44, of La Puente, who is charged with one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one misdemeanor count of battery.
In a tournament game between the SoCal Blaze and Dream Academy on Nov. 7, Hunt’s daughter took a shot and fell backwards into the victim, who also fell to the court, before they both got up and walked to the other end.
Reports said Hunt yelled at her daughter “you better hit her.”.
Video appears to show the victim being blindsided by Hunt’s daughter and hit in the head, knocking her to the ground:
It was reported that the victim suffered a concussion.
What the judge thinks
In an agreement with prosecutors, a county superior court judge granted Hunt misdemeanor diversion in exchange for completing a series of requirements over the next two years, including writing an apology to the victim, her parents, and both basketball teams.
In addition, Hunt was ordered to pay more than $9,000 in restitution and complete anger management classes before she can attend basketball games again, according to the network. In addition, the district attorney’s office ordered Hunt to remain away from the victim, NBC News reported.
As of Thursday, Hunt couldn’t be reached for comment and it’s unclear whether she was represented by an attorney.
Father of attacker – former NBA player – apologetic words
A former NBA player, Corey Benjamin, is the father of the player who attacked the unsuspecting girl, according to news outlets. Benjamin apologized following the incident.
Benjamin, according to the AP, says he is shocked and disappointed at the behavior of his daughter, as it is not a reflection of the values and standards my family holds. “Nor does it exemplify the values, character and spirit of sportsmanship that the game of basketball requires.” In his words: “I apologize to the young woman who was punched by my daughter during a youth basketball game. I pray that she is completely healed mentally and physically. It is with deep regret that I apologize to her family that this happened to your daughter. She did not deserve this to happen to her. In addition, I apologize to all those affected by the actions of my daughter and her mother.”