The BGSU Police Department announced on Friday that Memphis guard Jamirah Shutes has been charged with assault for allegedly punching Falcons player Elissa Brett in the face during a game.
According to witnesses, the incident occurred in the handshake line after the game between Memphis and Bowling Green State University (BGSU) on Thursday night. Shutes reportedly punched Brett without provocation, causing her to fall to the ground.
Brett was taken to a local hospital where she received treatment for a broken nose and other facial injuries. She is expected to miss several games due to her injuries.
Shutes has been suspended indefinitely from the Memphis basketball team pending further investigation. The university released a statement condemning violence of any kind and stating that they will cooperate fully with law enforcement officials during their investigation.
"We are deeply saddened by this incident and send our thoughts and prayers to Elissa Brett," said Memphis head coach Melissa McFerrin. "We do not tolerate violence of any kind within our program, and we will take appropriate action once all facts have been gathered."
Shutes' attorney declined to comment on the allegations but stated that his client would cooperate fully with authorities during their investigation.
The BGSU Police Department is urging anyone who witnessed or has information about this incident to contact them immediately. They are also reminding everyone that violent behavior at sporting events will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
This unfortunate incident serves as a reminder that sportsmanship should always prevail both on and off the court.