A college student has pleaded ‘not guilty’ to violently attacking a basketball player due to her braided hairstyle. Carmen Figueroa was allegedly provoked to commit the assault due to the “cultural appropriation” of the Caucasian victim’s braids, according to police. Figueroa reportedly kicked and stepped on the basketball player and threw another player to the ground, while yelling racial slurs.
The incident took place after a women’s basketball match at Hampshire’s Robert Crown Center, with the victims having played the game as part of the Central Maine Community College women’s basketball team.
The Daily Caller describes the attack:
Figueroa, 20, approached the players after the game and demanded that at least one player remove braids from her hair, according to court records. Figueroa apparently decided the braids amounted to “cultural appropriation” because a Central Maine player who had the braids was white.The white Central Maine player with braided hair opted not remove the braids and tried to leave the building.
In response, police say, Figueroa attacked her by pulling her braided hair so hard she fell to the ground. Once the unidentified player was on the ground, Figueroa allegedly kicked her and stepped on her.A second Central Maine tried to intervene, but Figueroa was having none of it. Figueroa “grabbed her by the head and threw her to the ground,” according to court documents obtained by the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Figueroa is confirmed to be a student at Hampshire College, an institution known for its left-wing politics. It was also the site of the ‘Trigglypuff’ meme, where a student interrupted a campus event to bemoan ‘hate speech.’