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This is the sickening moment a teenage girl was floored with a brutal punch to the face during a youth basketball match.
Lauryn Ham, 15, suffered minor concussion after a player pulled a cheap shot with a punching to her chin and throat.
In the video mum Alice posted, the player takes a three pointer and falls backwards onto Lauryn, who is defending.
A woman is heard yelling from the side of the court: "What the hell? You gotta hit her for that."
The player takes the schoolgirl by surprise and suddenly throws a powerful punch, knocking her to the ground.
The spectators gasp and the referee blows the whistle, putting the game to a stop.
"Oh my goodness," Alice says.
She later wrote: "THIS… this right here makes me SICK to my stomach. This happened to my daughter at her game yesterday.
"There is absolutely no place for something like this in basketball, I don’t care how famous you are!
"This mum told her daughter to 'go and hit her' and my kid gets an unprovoked sucker punch. I’m sorry but it’s everything that’s wrong with youth sports.
"The girl and her mom showed absolutely no remorse and offered no apology. Youth sports needs to change."
Lauryn was in concussion protocol and unable to attend school or maintain focus after the incident.
Alice told ABC7 that she had filed a report with the local police, adding that she was in "total shock" when she witnessed her child getting injured.
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"You always see things on video and you never think it could happen to you," she said.
"To actually see it and know that was my kid just hurt me so bad."
Attorney Brett Greenfield, who represents the family of the teen girl who threw the punch, released a statement to Eyewitness News.
It read: "My client and her family are deeply and sincerely remorseful. This is a unfortunate incident involving a very hard working and promising student athlete.
"We must keep some perspective and keep in mind that this is a young minor who has made a mistake."
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