Garden Grove, Calif. (AP) — Former NBA player Corey Benjamin has issued an apology after watching a viral video showing his teenage daughter sucker-punch an opponent during a Southern California girls’ basketball game.
“As a father, I am shocked and disappointed by my daughter’s behavior as it is not a reflection of my family’s values and standards. Nor does it exemplify the spirit of values, character and sportsmanship required by the game of basketball,” Benjamin said in a statement obtained by news media on Thursday.
The punch was thrown on Sunday when two club teams played during a tournament at the MAP Sports Facility in Garden Grove.
The shock knocked 15-year-old Lauryn Haim to the ground. Her mother Alice Haim told KNBC-TV She considers it an assault and has filed a police report. He and his lawyer allege that the mother of the girl who punched her told her daughter to kill the other girl.
“To the young woman who was punched by my daughter during a youth basketball game, I sincerely apologize to you and I am praying for your full recovery, both physically and emotionally,” Benjamin said in the statement. “To her family, I deeply apologize and regret that this happened to your daughter as she did not deserve this to happen to her. Lastly, I apologize to all who have done this to my daughter as well.” Affected and hurt by his mother’s actions.”
Benjamin said she is committed to supporting “any help my daughter may need and taking accountability for her conduct.”
Kevin Hahn, an attorney representing Haim, told KNBC that the apology was “a start.”
“We want the responsible parties to be held accountable,” Hahn said.
AVAC United, the tournament organizing group, also issued an apology, KABC-TV informed of.
The organization’s CEO, Gary Thomas, said in a statement: “We take these matters seriously and have taken action to ban this player and his mother from participating in or participating in any future tournaments organized by our organization. “
Benjamin’s pro career included working with the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks and overseas teams.