Raptors’ Ujiri under investigation for incident with deputy

Raptors president Masai Ujiri had a confrontation with a deputy following the title-clinching win over the Warriors.

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri is under investigation for suspicion of misdemeanor battery on a police office, according to ESPN.

The incident occurred following the Raptors championship-clinching win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the Finals in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday.

According to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Ujiri was stopped by a deputy as he made his way onto the court to join the post-game celebration on the court. He watched the game on a television near the Raptors’ locker room and walked through a tunnel, where the incident occurred.

“Mr. Ujiri was unknown to the deputy at that time. He [the deputy] asked him for a credential,” said Sgt. Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office. “He shoved the deputy out of the way and walked toward the court. The deputy pushed back. The president came forward more with a more significant push and ended up striking the deputy in the face.”

The NBA requires extra credentials to gain access to the floor following a series-clinching win. Masai either didn’t have the proper credentials or didn’t show them, Kelly said.

A season ticket holder near the incident told The Associated Press that the deputy never asked for Ujiri’s credential, and that Ujiri never struck the officer.

Kelly said investigators are reviewing footage from body cameras worn by the deputy and other officers, as well as surveillance video from the arena and cellphone video.

Ujiri has two years remaining on his contract with the Raptors. ESPN and The Athletic reported early Friday that the Washington Wizards intend to offer Ujiri their vacant general manager position.

1 Comment on "Raptors’ Ujiri under investigation for incident with deputy"

  1. The incident happening on video was right on the court or sidelines in front of fans. Not in the tunnel. Hard to tell but the video was a split second late, if I had to guess they grabbed Ujiri from behind and he may have flung his arm back and hit him. I’ve been in a situation where an officer grabbed my arm from behind and it almost didn’t end well either.

    The officer looked pretty aggressive or angry and was trying to go after Ujiri, but then another gentlemen, not sure if from the Warriors or Raptors or what, stepped in between and communicated something and probably is the unsung hero for this not getting further out of hand. Who was that guy,? His long arms came in handy there.

    And today I saw some video of just after that Lowry pulled Ujiri closer to him onto the court and out of the fray, and gave him a big hug. Another hero in it all. Love won this round.

    Sad that this happened. Obvious reasons. Hopefully love wins next round and they decide not to press charges.

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