Deputy 'Pushed, Struck In Face' By Raptors President; Online Response Turns Racial

Lula Sharp
June 14, 2019

"But how can he not know who the opposing team's president is, especially knowing the possibility of an on court celebration of the Raptors win??"

Masai Ujiri, the President of Basketball Operations and General Manager of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors, is reportedly being investigated on suspicion of simple battery of a sheriff's deputy. At that point our deputy tried to stop him and pushed him backward and then Mr. Ujiri came back with a second shove, a more significant push that, with his forward momentum, his arm struck our deputy in the face.

The Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 on Thursday night in Oakland, California, to win the National Basketball Association title.

"We were told to strictly enforce the credentialing policy and not allow anyone onto the court without a credential, so our deputies were doing that", Sgt.

Kelly says the deputy pushed back and the executive pushed again and "struck our deputy in the face".

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Although an offer worth $10 million annually would place Ujiri among the league's highest-paid executives, The Athletic previously reported that Ujiri's decision likely would not come down to money. "Switch it up tho, say he's just some rando in a suit and gets into it with, or assaults, a player out there and then cop says 'oh I saw him but he said he was the team prez and had a nice suit on so I let him through.' Then where we at?"

Footage shows the aftermath of a situation during which Ujiri is being separated from a law enforcement officer.

No one has been arrested and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office will be looking at the incident to see if charges will be filed.

Video has emerged on social media showing Raptors GM Masai Ujiri, who is Black, being "punched and pushed" by a white police officer at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

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