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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.