World News A teenage US high school basketball player has been arrested after a rival was brutally sucker-punched during the ceremonial handshakes following a game earlier this week.
Carlisle Police Department releases details of assault investigation into incident following last night’s Nevada vs Carlisle basketball game.The 17-year old defendant has been arrested and booked into Warren County Jail.@WHO13newspic.twitter.com/iOAdBhRzMS
— Keith Murphy (@MurphyKeith) December 1, 2021
It’s unclear what transpired during the game itself to potentially prompt the violent outburst, but there has been widespread condemnation online – where the clip has been viewed more than 3 million times on Twitter alone.“Hard to fathom this happened after an Iowa high school basketball game,” wrote local sports reporter Keith Murphy. Fellow reporter Cedric Golden fumed: “Throw him off the team. I don’t care what precipitated this. Sucker punch. What a coward.”Others suggested that conducting a post-game handshake line was asking for trouble and was an outdated idea.“Quite a sucker punch. The handshake line is antiquated and irrelevant. There’s no need for it,” tweeted reporter Nick Sabato.The disturbing scenes are not the first on a US high school basketball court in recent months.Former NBA star Corey Benjamin apologized after his daughter was filmed landing a sickening shot on a 15-year-old rival during a game in Southern California in November.The victim’s mother claimed that the girl had been encouraged to land the punch on her daughter by a parent on the sidelines.