Posted on November 15, 2021

Sucker-Punch at OC Youth Basketball Game Leaves Girl With Concussion

Jory Rand, KABC, November 10, 2021

An Orange County mom has filed a police complaint after her daughter was left with a concussion from a vicious sucker punch during a youth basketball game.

The shocking video shows a player catch Alice Ham’s daughter Lauryn by surprise, swinging a wild roundhouse punch that smashes into her chin and throat, and knocks her to the floor.


In the video, the other team’s player takes and misses a three-point shot, then falls backward, knocking Lauryn down. The two get up and a few seconds after they head back down the court, the other girl charges over to Lauryn and takes the aggressive swing.

Eyewitness News has learned the girl who threw the punch is the daughter of a former NBA player.


Alice says she believe the other player’s mother provoked the attack.

“I can hear pretty clearly the mom (in the video). I know it’s the mom because the witnesses at the site told me. It’s pretty clear that she tells her daughter you have to hit her for that. What ‘that’ is, I don’t know. I don’t know what the mom thinks she saw.”

Alice Ham has filed a report with local law enforcement but has not yet heard updates on the status of the investigation.

“I want the daughter and the mom held accountable,” she said. “Because this type of behavior is reprehensible and cannot happen in youth sports.”

“{snip} If this was taken out of the context and it happens on the street, it rises to the level of assault and battery. {snip}”