Raptors president Masai Ujiri involved in an altercation with police moments after Toronto clinches the title.
Raptors president Masai Ujiri was reportedly involved in an altercation with a sheriff’s deputy moments after Toronto defeated the Golden State Warriors for its first NBA championship in franchise history.
According to NBC Bay Area and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, a man believed to be Ujiri “reportedly pushed” and “struck” the officer “in the face” while trying to get onto the floor shortly after the final buzzer sounded in Toronto’s 114-110 victory at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.
The report says the deputy denied the Raptors executive access to the floor because “he didn’t have proper credentials.”
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In the clip, it appears Ujiri and an officer are being separated during an argument near the court. Ujiri eventually makes his way to the floor where he’s grabbed and hugged by Kyle Lowry, the Raptors’ longest-tenured player.
According to the report, the Sheriff’s Office and the Oakland Police Department are investigating the incident as a “misdemeanour battery of an officer.”
“We are working with the Oakland Police Department to file a report and contact witnesses and review video” said Sgt. Ray Kelly, the Alameda Country Sheriff’s Office spokesman, according to Complex.
Kelly also shared a recap the deputy’s story with the the San Francisco Chronicle.
“(The deputy) did not know who the man was and asked for the credential, and that’s when he tried to push past our deputy, and our deputy pushed him back, and there was another push that kind of moved up and struck our deputy in the face,” Kelly said. “At that point, several bystanders intervened and the executive did ultimately get back onto the court without displaying credentials.”
The Raptors nor NBA have yet to comment on the matter.