Earlier this week, the University of Memphis played Bowling Green State University in an NCAA Women’s basketball game. This game decided which team would advance to the Great Eight. Bowling Green won this game 73-60. Immediately following the game, Memphis‘ Jamirah Shutes punched Bowling Green’s Elissa Brett in the face in the postgame handshake line. Brett immediately went to the ground. Shutes was whisked off the court. Within the hour, Shutes was charged with assault by the Bowling Green State University police.
Joe’s Perspective: What is there to say about this other than composure, composure, composure. Athletics is tough. Someone loses every game. The NCAA tournament ends in a loss for 67 of the 68 teams. Regardless of how much it hurts or what the other player got away with, you can’t punch someone. Jamirah Shutes disgraced her university. My guess is Shutes will not play any more collegiate basketball. She also faces criminal charges. This is a lose lose situation.
Your Turn: If you were the athletic director of the University of Memphis, what punishment(s) would you provide to Jamirah Shutes?