A vicious hair-pulling incident at an Ohio high school girls basketball game could have serious repercussions.
The father of the Norwalk girl whose hair was pulled during the viral fight says his daughter sustained a severe concussion from hitting her head, according to TMZ. He says that his daughter is suffering from neck pain, as well as headaches and blurred vision, both of which are symptoms of a concussion, and her father told TMZ that she may never play again.
Her condition will require brain imaging to rule out internal bleeding.
The fight occurred after a 3-point attempt when a Bellevue guard pulled a Norwalk defender’s ponytail with such force that she struck the floor. The catalyst for the scuffle is unknown.
The Bellevue player was shockingly not called for a foul in the game, but was later suspended for one game.
“Since viewing the video on Saturday, with the knowledge that no foul was called during the game, we quickly came to the conclusion that it would be our obligation to address the incident with disciplinary action and we have done so,” Bellevue’s superintendent Kim Schubert told WTOL-TV in Ohio on Tuesday. “I hope that this clarification will provide a conclusion to this situation leaving no doubt that the situation was immediately addressed. Our priority is the health and safety of all student athletes, including athletes at opposing schools and our own athletes.”
The Norwalk athlete’s father says the family of the Bellevue player has reached out to apologize. The families plan to meet in-person, and he says they do not wish to jeopardize the young player’s future.
The Bellevue guard has already committed to play Division I basketball at Kent State University. She released the following statement on Twitter:
“My intentions were never to hurt anyone. I know it’s brought a lot of negative attention to our area and the game I love. I will learn from this and become a better person because of it.”
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