The daughter of a former NBA player who achieved internet infamy this week has a history of fisticuffs on the hardwood, a new TMZ video reveals.
Corey Benjamin, a 1998 first-round draft choice who played three seasons with the Chicago Bulls and part of one with the Atlanta Hawks, apologized this week after his 14-year-old daughter sucker-punched and concussed an opponent, in a violent exchange caught on viral video.
But it’s not the first time the girl has been accused of slugging someone.
The footage shows Benjamin’s daughter throwing punches at one girl after the two jostled for position near the hoop, then chasing another girl and striking her, too.
The earlier altercation occurred in Del Amo, Calif., south of Los Angeles, not far from Sunday’s incident in Anaheim.
Benjamin’s daughter was banned from both facilities, while the mother of the most recent victim has filed a criminal report, according to TMZ.
“To the young lady who was punched by my daughter during a youth basketball game, I sincerely apologize to you and I am praying for your complete healing both physically and emotionally,” Benjamin said.
“To her family, I deeply apologize and regret that this happened to your daughter as she did not deserve this to happen to her. Finally, I apologize to all of those who have been impacted and hurt by the actions of my daughter as well as those of her mother. I am here for your family and wish only the best for you.”