Raptors President Allegedly Struck Deputy In Face During Celebration
The Toronto Raptors were in celebratory mode last night after winning their first NBA title, however, their president of basketball operations and general manager Masai Ujiri may have got himself in some trouble.
Following Toronto’s 114-110 win to the Golden State Warriors, footage shows Ujiri try to get onto the court to celebrate with his team, however, an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy wouldn’t let him pass without a credential. Apparently, a small scuffle ensued and Ujiri allegedly shoved and struck the deputy in the jaw.
“(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,” Alameda County Sheriff’s Office rep, Ray Kelly said, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “At that point, several bystanders intervened and the executive did ultimately get back onto the court without displaying credentials.”
As of now, Ujiri is not under arrest, but the incident is being investigated.
#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