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SportsRaptors president Masai Ujiri accused of assaulting sheriff's deputy in Oakland

03:15  15 june  2019
03:15  15 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri celebrates defeating the Golden State Warriors and winning the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after Game — The local sheriff ’ s office in Oakland , Calif., alleges Raptors president Masai Ujiri assaulted a sheriff ’ s deputy moments after Toronto secured

A representative for the Alameda County Sheriff ' s Office in Oakland , California confirmed to USA Today that the office is pursuing a misdemeanor complaint against Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri for "battery of a police officer." The complaint stems from an alleged altercation between Ujiri

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U.S. law enforcement officials allege Raptors president Masai Ujiri assaulted a police officer at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., moments after the Toronto team won its first NBA championship, but an eye witness disputed the authorities' account of what happened.

A spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said Ujiri was making his way to the court to celebrate his team's historic win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday when he was stopped by a sheriff's deputy and asked for his credentials.

"This deputy had no idea who (Ujiri) was," Sgt. Ray Kelly said in a phone interview Friday.

Raptors president Masai Ujiri being investigated over possible altercation after Game 6 victory, reports say

Raptors president Masai Ujiri being investigated over possible altercation after Game 6 victory, reports say Raptors president Masai Ujiri being investigated over possible altercation after Game 6 victory, reports say

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri allegedly shoved and struck a sheriff ' s deputy in the moments after his team won the NBA title Thursday night and part of the incident was caught on video. Alameda County Sheriff ’ s Office is looking into an alleged misdemeanor battery -- after officials say

Raptors President Masai Ujiri under investigation for allegedly shoving a sheriff ’ s deputy . The Alameda County Sheriff ’ s Office in California is investigating Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri following a scuffle involving a sheriff ’ s deputy after Thursday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals at

Ujiri didn't have the credentials on him, Kelly said, adding that the former NBA executive of the year then allegedly pushed the deputy out of the way in an effort to get on the court.

"Our deputy pushed the man back and told him he couldn't go onto the court," Kelly alleged. "At that point, the gentleman pushed our deputy again, and during that push his arm struck our deputy in the jaw."

He said at that point, NBA security intervened and Ujiri was able to get onto the court. A local television station, NBC Bay Area, shared video from the immediate aftermath of the alleged incident that appears to show another man separating the deputy from Ujiri, who is then led onto the court by Raptors guard Kyle Lowry.

Kelly told the San Francisco Chronicle that authorities will push for a battery charge against Ujiri.

Police pursuing complaint against Ujiri after confrontation with cop

Police pursuing complaint against Ujiri after confrontation with cop The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is pursuing a misdemeanor complaint against Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri for battery of a police officer, the office confirmed to USA TODAY's Dan Woken. Thursday's alleged incident occurred in the moments after the Raptors' NBA championship victory on the floor of Oracle Arena. Ujiri is accused of twice shoving an officer and striking him in the face after he was blocked from entering the court because he didn't display his game credential. Footage shows the aftermath of a situation during which Ujiri is being separated from a law enforcement officer.

A sheriff ' s deputy was allegedly pushed and struck in the face by Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri who was trying to make his

Moments after the Raptors won their first NBA championship, team president Masai Ujiri allegedly assaulted a local police officer at Oracle Arena in Oakland , Calif., the sheriff ’ s office said Friday. A spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff ’ s Office said Ujiri was making his way to the court to

"We'll be submitting a report to the Alameda County district attorney for complaint of battery on an officer," he said in a report distributed by The Associated Press.

He said prosecutors will decide whether to charge Ujiri.

A Warriors fan who witnessed the incident told The AP that the sheriff's deputy didn't ask for any credentials before putting his hand on Ujiri's chest and pushing him. Greg Wiener, a 61-year-old season ticket holder, said Ujiri then shoved the officer back before bystanders intervened.

Wiener said he was standing next to the officer when the encounter occurred but was not interviewed by authorities.

Kelly said that rather than arrest Ujiri on international television, the department decided to take the "high road" and file a misdemeanour complaint to local prosecutors. He said the officer was not seriously injured in the alleged incident, but did complain of pain in his jaw.

Deputy involved in altercation with Ujiri may sue

Deputy involved in altercation with Ujiri may sue The sheriff's deputy who was involved in an altercation with Masai Ujiri after the Toronto Raptors' title-clinching win has hired a high-profile civil rights attorney and may file a lawsuit against the Raptors president of basketball operations, the club, and the NBA, according to KPIX 5's Katie Nielsen. "No options are being ruled out as to how to rectify the situation," said the attorney, David Mastagni. Mastagni said the deputy hasn't returned to work due to injuries suffered from the incident. "It's an unprovoked significant hit to the jaw of the law enforcement officer," Mastagni said. "...

A sheriff ’ s deputy was allegedly pushed and struck in the face by a Toronto Raptors executive who was trying to make his way to the court after Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena Thursday, the Alameda County Sheriff ’ s Office said. Deputies are calling the incident a misdemeanor battery on an

June 14, 2019 - Full interview with Greg Weiner 61, who is a long time season ticket holder and was standing next to the Deputy Sheriff when the incident

Asked about the appearance of a well-known executive being held back from celebrating a historic win with the team he built, Kelly said optics were of no concern.

"There is a credentialling policy that the NBA has in place. Everybody from the top executives all the way down ... know that you must wear credentials to get on the court," he said.

"We would expect more from a team president."

A spokeswoman for the Raptors said they were co-operating with the U.S. authorities and looked forward to resolving the situation. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office said it expected to look into the matter sometime next week.

Kelly told The AP the deputy involved in the alleged encounter complained of pain in his jaw and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

— With files from The Associated Press.

Adam Burns, The Canadian Press

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