Report: Police pursuing charges against Raptors president Masai Ujiri for cop battery
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday morning that they will pursue a misdemeanor complaint against Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri for the battery of a police officer after an altercation following Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, according to USA TODAY Sports.
Ujiri had been accused of shoving a police officer twice and striking him in the face after he was stopped from coming onto the Oracle Arena court to join the Raptors’ post-game celebration. The officer tried to stop Ujiri from entering the court, as he did not have the proper credentials.
“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. Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said. “Our deputy contacted Mr. Masai Ujiri as he attempted to walk onto the court. He had no credential displayed, and our deputy asked for his credential.
“Mr. Ujiri didn’t produce them and pushed our deputy out of the way to gain access to the court. 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.
“At that point our deputy pushed Mr. Ujiri away again and some NBA security people and others intervened and he ended up walking onto the court.”
Video of the aftermath of that incident was captured by NBC Bay Area, who originally reported the complaint against Ujiri.
#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, @ACSOSheriffs says. https://t.co/fobdK9iWEq pic.twitter.com/a4X0IysY5Z
— Kristofer Noceda (@krisnoceda) June 14, 2019
Stay tuned for more info.