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SportsSheriff's office claims to have photos of Masai Ujiri striking deputy at Oracle Arena

13:30  24 june  2019
13:30  24 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Raptors exec believed to be Ujiri involved in police altercation at Oracle

Raptors exec believed to be Ujiri involved in police altercation at Oracle Raptors exec believed to be Ujiri involved in police altercation at Oracle

The sheriff ' s office went as far as showing the photos of the Raptors president to a Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail. The Alameda County Sheriff ' s Office said it has photos that show Raptors president Masai Ujiri hitting a deputy after Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

The sheriff ' s office went as far as showing the photos of the Raptors president to a Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail. The Alameda County Sheriff ' s Office said it has photos that show Raptors president Masai Ujiri hitting a deputy after Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

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The Alameda County Sheriff's Office said it has photos that show Raptors president Masai Ujiri hitting a deputy after Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

The sheriff's office went as far as showing the photos to a Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail, but did not allow the photographs to be published.

“[We wanted] to show that a crime did occur when people are saying that ... there was no strike to the face, when in fact there was," spokesperson Sgt. Ray Kelly said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. "We've done it in a way that can still let the investigation take place without contaminating the witness pool."

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

Masai Ujiri (born 7 July 1970) is an English born Nigerian professional basketball executive and former player who is the president of basketball operations of the Toronto Raptors in the National Basketball

Alameda County Sheriff ' s Office spokesperson Ray Kelly said the officer claims Ujiri struck him in the chest and head. #BREAKING: Sheriff ' s deputy reportedly pushed and struck in the face by a man believed to be a Toronto Raptors executive after Game 6 of the #NBAFinals at Oracle Arena

This news comes just days after the sheriff's office admitted Ujiri did in fact show his NBA credential before the alleged altercation with the deputy at Oracle Arena.

The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday Ujiri told the deputy he was the Raptors' president and proceeded to present his identification. However, Ujiri did not have the proper credentials to get onto the court for post-game festivities after the Raptors clinched the championship, the Globe noted.

Conflicting reports of what happened also surfaced.

After the immediate release said Ujiri struck and pushed the deputy in order to get onto the floor. They now say the officer was first to engage by pushing Ujiri because he presented his credentials in a “very threatening way."

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 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.

The sheriff ' s office considers the case to be misdemeanor battery on an officer. Kelly told NBC Sports Washington that the sheriff ' s deputy blocked Ujiri from the court because the Raptors executive did not display the appropriate credentials. Kelly said the sheriff ' s deputy was following strict security

Three eyewitnesses, who the Globe said "were sitting within 10 feet of the altercation," disputed the fact that Ujiri ever struck the man.

One said the deputy pushed Ujiri first while another said "there were no punches thrown or anything like that."

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office told the Globe there is security footage from the arena that showed Ujiri striking the deputy with "two fists" with one hitting the deputy "underneath the jaw on the left side of his face."

The sheriff's office did not show the Globe the full video.

Stephen Curry was the most recent NBA player to share his feelings on the situation.

In a recent New York Times interview he acknowledged he didn't see what happened, but could tell something was wrong when he saw Ujiri.

"You know what's crazy? I saw him after," Curry said. "I didn't know anything about this situation. But looking back, I saw his face and I could tell something had happened."

He continued: "If he didn't do anything wrong, obviously, you'd hope that it was handled in a better fashion. Especially for a guy that was going out and trying to celebrate with his team that had done something historical. So I don't know if that was a white (general manager) or whatever, if that's handled differently. You can always play the what-if game."

Raptors president Masai Ujiri to hold news conference Tuesday.
Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri is holding his annual year-end news conference this morning at 11 a.m. at OVO Athletic Centre. It’s the first time Ujiri will be available to answer the media’s questions since the Raptors won the franchise’s first NBA championship. Ujiri finished fourth in voting for executive of the year on Monday, despite pulling off moves that led to the league title, including a blockbuster trade that landed the Raptors a superstar in Kawhi Leonard and obtaining veteran centre Marc Gasol in a deadline deal. Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst won the award, which was voted on by fellow executives at the end of the regular season.

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