Memphis Women’s Basketball Player Charged W/ Assault Over Handshake Line Punch
Courtesy of ESPN/NCAA
The Memphis women’s basketball player who socked an opponent in the face during a handshake line following a game Thursday night has been charged with assault, TMZ Sports has learned.
According to Bowling Green State Univ. officials … Tigers senior guard Jamirah Shutes was hit with the criminal charge on Friday morning — roughly 12 hours after she punched BGSU player Elissa Brett during an incident following their game in the women’s NIT.
The two had gotten into a verbal argument after BGSU’s 73-60 win … which led to Shutes sucker-punching the woman in the face.
Brett crumpled to the court in pain, and was later seen in tears. According to police documents, cops noticed swelling in her right eye. The school said Friday, though, she is “recovering and doing well.”
It’s still unclear what sparked the altercation. A police investigation is ongoing, the university said.
Ugly ending to the night after Bowling Green’s Elissa Brett was hit by a Memphis player in the handshake line after the game. pic.twitter.com/9QLFdguB9f
— Kurt Steiss ⚔️ (@kurtsteiss) March 24, 2023
BGSU added in a statement that it’s also “conducting its own review” into the matter … saying, “Violence is never acceptable and our priority remains the health, safety and support of our student-athlete.”
Neither Shutes nor Brett has publicly commented on it all.
Memphis Univ. did release a statement on the matter on Friday morning, calling the incident “extremely unfortunate and certainly not consistent with, or representative of, our expectations for our programs and student-athletes.”
The school said it is “cooperating fully” with authorities.