The sentence for Latira Shonty Hunt, the mother of the adolescent girl who struck an opponent in the head during a basketball game in Orange County, California, has been handed down.
KTTV reports that Hunt, who was facing jail time, has been ordered to pay the punched youngster $9,000 and must attend anger management programs before she can resume playing sports. Hunt must also apologize in writing to the victim, the victim’s parents, and both basketball teams.
For allegedly pushing her daughter to strike a girl on the other team, Hunt was charged with misdemeanor charges of violence and aiding the delinquency of a child. The event on November 7 was caught on a popular video. After the players bumped into one other during the game.
Hunt, 44, said, “You better whack her for that.” The woman was struck in the neck by her daughter. The 15-year-old victim’s mother said that her daughter was confused and had a concussion as a result of the incident. The event took place during a fall tournament’s championship game.
The girl who struck the rival player’s opponent’s father, former NBA player Corey Benjamin, told NBC Los Angeles at the time, “This is not how I taught my daughter. I truly apologize to the young woman who was punched by my daughter during a youth basketball game, and I am hoping for your full physical and mental recovery.
I really regret that this occurred to your daughter and apologize to her family since she did not deserve this to happen to her. Finally, I want to express my regret to everyone who was affected and harmed by my daughter’s and her mother’s conduct. I am here to support your family and send you my warmest wishes.
Despite not attending the game, Benjamin watched the trending video.
“Parents have a basic obligation to train our children to be good human beings who treat everyone with decency and respect,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement following Hunt’s sentence. Youth sports are essential for fostering self-control, cooperation, and fair play. It is abhorrent when an adult instructs a youngster to use violence towards another child on a basketball court.
‘Unfortunately, this event opened the social media door for many others to make direct insults to Ms. Hunt and her underage kids,’ said Hunt’s attorney, Brett Greenfield, in a statement. These comments contained racism, bigotry, threats, humiliation, bullying, and other offensive elements.
Hunt has “been the target of racial threats and rants, national news exposure, and for several months she was compelled to hide in a hotel with her children owing to the gravity of the violent threats,” he continued. For months, the defendant was compelled to keep her little daughter out of school, and just now is her life beginning to return to normal.
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