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A California mom who encouraged her daughter to sucker punch an opposing player during a basketball game has been arrested and charged with two misdemeanors.

Latira Shonty Hunt, 44, was heard on a cell phone video urging her daughter to hit a rival player during a girls basketball tournament in November.

Hunt shares her 14-year-old daughter with former Chicago Bulls player Corey Benjamin, who issued an apology soon after the video went viral.

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Hunt's daughter attempted a 3-point shot and lost her balance when she landed on Lauryn's foot during a tournament in Orange County last month.

In the video, Hunt is heard yelling, "You better hit her for that!"

Hunt's daughter, who is unnamed because she's a minor, sucker punched Lauryn Ham.

The punch sent 15-year-old Lauryn sprawling on the floor. She suffered a concussion and has recurrent headaches, according to her mother, Alice Ham.

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Alice Ham, right, shared the video on Instagram, where it went viral.

"I want the daughter and the mom held accountable," she said. "Because this type of behavior is reprehensible and cannot happen in youth sports."

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer charged Hunt with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and battery. She faces up to a year in jail if convicted, reports.

"In my opinion it would have not happened, but for mom's words," Spitzer said.

However, Richard Kaplan, a Los Angeles defense attorney not involved with this case, said the charges against Hunt are "a stretch."

Kaplan said it will be difficult to prove Hunt's outburst was a command and not "an emotional response in a heated moment."

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Ex-Chicago Bulls player Corey Benjamin apologized after his 14-year-old daughter sucker-punched a 15-year-old girl in a viral video.

In the shocking video, Benjamin's daughter, who has not been identified because she's a minor, sucker-punched Lauryn Ham during a girls basketball tournament in Orange County.

Lauryn's mother Alice Ham shared the video on Instagram, where it went viral.

Alice captioned the video:

"THIS... this right here makes me SICK to my stomach. This happened to MY DAUGHTER at her game yesterday. There is absolutely no place for something like this in basketball, I don't care how famous you are!!"

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Alice Ham, pictured right, accused the other girl's mother of telling her to punch Lauryn, pictured left.

"This mom told her daughter to 'go and hit her' and my kid gets an unprovoked sucker punch. I'm sorry but it's everything that's wrong with youth sports. The girl and her mom showed absolutely no remorse and offered no apology. Youth sports needs to change."

Alice Ham filed a report against the juvenile and is considering filing charges against the girl and her mother.

Kevin Hahn, an attorney representing Lauryn Ham, says this isn't the first time Benjamin's daughter took a swing at opposing players.

She was suspended for punching two rival players during a basketball tournament in September.

"My understanding is that organization that held the tournament [in September] banned her and suspended her from any other tournaments in their organization," Hahn said.

He says Orange County tournament officials probably weren't aware of the suspension.

Corey Benjamin has apologized to Alice and her daughter Lauryn, who suffered a concussion.

"This is not how I raised my daughter," said Benjamin, who played with the Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks in 2003 before finishing his career overseas.

"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," he said.

"As a father, I'm shocked and disappointed at my daughter's behavior as this is not a reflection of the values and standards that my family holds. Nor does it exemplify the values, character and spirit of sportsmanship that the game of basketball requires.

"My daughter made a mistake. One that she will need to make right. I am committed to getting my daughter any help she may need and support her in taking accountability for her conduct."