Memphis’ Jamirah Shutes Charged With Assault for Allegedly Punching Bgsu’s Elissa Brett in Handshake Line
Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, March 24, 2023
Memphis guard Jamirah Shutes has been charged with assault for allegedly punching Bowling Green player Elissa Brett as the two teams lined up for handshakes following the Falcons’ third-round victory in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday night, police said.
The Bowling Green State University Police Department issued a press release Friday confirming that Shutes, a fifth-year player, was charged after the “unwarranted physical incident” involving Brett at the conclusion of BGSU’s 73-60 victory.
“Following Thursday’s unwarranted physical incident after the WNIT home game, the Bowling Green State University Police Department has charged a member of the Memphis women’s basketball team with assault,” the statement said.
Absolutely hate to see this…Elissa Brett punched in the face after Bowling Green's #WNIT victory over Memphis
She fell to the ground after being hit but fortunately was able to walk back to the locker room with some assistance. Hopefully she's okay! pic.twitter.com/3UxtvJaUoV
— H. Tyler Seggerman (@TylerSeggerman) March 24, 2023
The incident happened at the conclusion of the Memphis-BGSU Sweet 16 matchup. As both teams approached center court to shake hands, Shutes appeared to stop when she reached Brett.
Shutes then sucker-punched Brett, forcing her to the floor, according to police.