Assemblymember Janet Nguyen Speaks Out Against Violence Incited Against a Youth at a Local Basketball Game


HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – Assemblymember Janet Nguyen sent a letter this morning to Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer encouraging more action in regards to Ms. Latria (Tira) Shanta Hunt, who at a local youth basketball game encouraged her daughter to hit another player.  
Ms. Hunt was accused of yelling, “you better hit her for that” after an interaction with an opposing player on the court. Seconds later, after the hit, the 15 years old opponent was on the floor and suffered a concussion.
“As a parent of two elementary school boys, I send my boys to recreational sports practice with the confidence that they are safe and well taken care of,” said Assemblymember Janet Nguyen. “Youth sports are a place for teamwork and sportsmanship. I applaud District Attorney Spitzer on holding Ms. Hunt accountable and encourage him to take it a step further and ban her from attending all youth sports competitions and practices.”
Latria (Tira) Shanta Hunt was charged recently in Garden Grove by the District Attorney’s office for inciting violence at a youth basketball game against a minor. Ms. Hunt has been charged for encouraging her daughter to hit another child during a recreational basketball game last month. Ms. Hunt was recently charged with two misdemeanors as a result of her actions: contributing to the delinquency of a minor and battery and faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
 “Acts of violence such as the one in this instance make parents weary of their children’s safety and we cannot allow violence in youth sports to become normalized,” said Assemblymember Janet Nguyen.
Hunt is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 26.