“Violence is never acceptable, and our priority remains the health, safety and support of our student-athlete, who is recovering and doing well. This is an active investigation in conjunction with the City of Bowling Green Prosecutor, and no further comment is available at this time,” the statement continued.
According to reports, as both teams were lining up to shake hands after the Sweet 16 game between Memphis and BGSU, Shutes stopped when she reached Brett and allegedly punched her. BGSU Athletics is conducting its own review of the incident, in addition to the police investigation, the report said.
“Shutes then sucker-punched Brett, forcing her to the floor, according to police,” Fox News added.
On Friday, Memphis issued a statement confirming that it was collaborating with local authorities regarding the alleged assault.
“The incident that occurred following Thursday’s women’s basketball game was extremely unfortunate and certainly not consistent with, or representative of, our expectations for our programs and student-athletes,” the statement said.
“Because the incident occurred after the game, jurisdiction falls in the hands of local authorities, and we are cooperating fully with their process. To be respectful of that process, we will not comment further until it is complete.”