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Eugene Lawrence, Hamline basketball player, allegedly shattered woman's face with punch

Lawrence (right) and two images of the damage he inflicted on his victim, Kayla Bray.
Lawrence (right) and two images of the damage he inflicted on his victim, Kayla Bray.

While in Spokane, Washington for a tournament, Eugene Lawrence, a basketball player for Hamline University, allegedly punched a woman, resulting in her needing to have two plates inserted in her face.

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That's really sad, but so is this: Lawrence's Hamline teammates reportedly refused to call 911 and get the woman medical attention because doing so would've revealed they'd broken team curfew.

On New Year's Eve, the victim, 20-year-old Kayla Bray, was visiting another Hamline player she'd gone to high school with in Portland at the hotel the team was staying at. She met Lawrence for the first time, and an argument ensued. Lawrence ended up punching Bray in the face, knocking her unconscious.

When she came to, she was bleeding and asked Lawrence's teammates to call 911 for help. Expressing concern about team curfew, they refused, and Bray ended up having to go to her car and call herself, Spokane's KXLY TV reports.

According to Bray's father, Kayla's face was fractured in three places. Her jaw and eye socket were shattered, and she required emergency surgery to insert two plates.

Lawrence has been charged with felony second-degree assault. He has no criminal history, and his bail was set at $5,000.

Hamline removed Lawrence's play biography from the team website and issued this statement to KXLY earlier today:

We are very concerned for the welfare of Ms. Bray and regret that this incident happened. Eugene Lawrence has been placed on an interim suspension from the basketball team and the University, and we are fully looking into the incident. We have reached out to the Bray family and shared with them our concern and support for their daughter.

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