“This is not how I raised my daughter.”
Former NBA player #CoreyBenjamin breaks his silence after his daughter is seen #suckerpunching another girl. Now a second video emerges showing his daughter attacking other girls. The new video – At 11 from ABC7. https://t.co/xKNCjQK5le pic.twitter.com/plnsExrhB0
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) November 12, 2021
Former NBA player Corey Benjamin issued a public apology this past weekend after video footage showed separate incidents of his teenage daughter attacking other girls during basketball games.
Last week, Benjamin’s daughter was filmed sucker-punching an opposing player after a missed foul call. The 15-year-old victim was hit in the throat and chin and suffered a concussion as a result of the attack. Later, another video clip suffered from a basketball tournament in September, where his daughter exchanged punches with another player before chasing after another.
Benjamin — who played on the Chicago Bulls from 1998 to 2001 and had a short stint with the Atlanta Hawks — released a statement apologizing for his daughter’s action. He claimed he was “shocked and disappointed” by her behavior.
“This is not how I raised my daughter,” a statement from Benjamin said. “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. 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. 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 mother of the 15-year-old victim has filed a police complaint and claimed the mother of Benjamin’s daughter encouraged the attack. The organization that sponsored the tournament has banned Benjamin’s daughter and her mother from future events.
Source: ABC 7