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

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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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24 comments
I-Ronny
I-Ronny

@JohnnySwift, I wonder what you consider the bare-minimum justification for punching someone in the face.

ibnnnews1
ibnnnews1

One of the many reasons the City Pages is irrelevant: "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." At least get the guys name right...idiots.

JohnnySwift
JohnnySwift

I know Kayla and she absolutely deserved a punch in the mouth. Too bad a lead pipe wasn't handy. And why is she hanging around knee grows anyways? White trash got exactly what she deserved.

Lori
Lori

The question here is what was she doing at that time of the day? If her Dad cared so much about her why was she in the hotel room with a bunch of guys?? She should have been smarter about the situation!!

Joel O'Brien
Joel O'Brien

This is what happens when you give a scholarship based on athletics instead of academics.

MarkM15
MarkM15

thanks again for everything, college sports.

corrigansmith
corrigansmith

Keny, I hope thhis never happens to your mother, sister or heaven forbid daughter. You arre a piece of trash, blamming her.

Tasia Renee Melnichenko
Tasia Renee Melnichenko

Ok people, he does NOT represent the student body of Hamline nor the athletes of Hamline. The people and athletes that I know there are respectful and hard working. I don't even know how he got into Hamline, but obviously President Hanson has some explaining to do about the admissions requirements we have going on.

Jay Hanson
Jay Hanson

Whoever was in the room, and on the team should also be suspended...friggin PUNKS!

Michele Andrews
Michele Andrews

The whole team should be suspended and those who refused to assist should face charges. The coach should go too. Let's see if Hamline cares enough about the issue of violence against women do do anything.

Christian Dyer
Christian Dyer

Wow, that's where my mom went to law school...and later ran a women's shelter...

Paul Rignell
Paul Rignell

Just what my Lord would want from this religious institution or any institution, I'm sure.

Sally Jo Sorensen
Sally Jo Sorensen

Sounds like he's keeping up the Hamline tradition of athlete beater asshats that Bob Fletcher started back in the 1970s.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

The whole damn team needs to be suspended as well . Very sad and disappointing what happened here and I am disgusted by the entire team. Best wishes to Ms. Bray and her family.

JohnnySwift
JohnnySwift

@Michele Andrews I know Kayla and she absolutely deserved a punch in the mouth. Too bad a lead pipe wasn't handy. And why is she hanging around knee grows anyways? White trash got exactly what she deserved.

nilbog44
nilbog44

@Paul Rignell "Your lord?" Maybe "your lord" doesn't exist. Ever thought of that?

JohnnySwift
JohnnySwift

@Sally Jo Sorensen bitches getting what bitches deserve

JohnnySwift
JohnnySwift

@Angela Salzl I know Kayla and she absolutely deserved a punch in the mouth. Too bad a lead pipe wasn't handy. And why is she hanging around knee grows anyways? White trash got exactly what she deserved.

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