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California sheriff: Raptors exec pushed, struck deputy

California sheriff: Raptors exec pushed, struck deputy

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri was reportedly involved in a courtside altercation with a California sheriff's deputy after the team defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday night. Law enforcement says Ujiri shoved and struck an officer in the face after he was stopped from joining the team on the court for the championship celebration. Ray Kelly told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Sheriff's Office labeled the incident battery on an officer, classified as a misdemeanor, and will be investigating with the Oakland Police Department.

A spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office says the deputy asked Ujiri for his credentials as the executive tried to take the court for the trophy presentation.

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. Greg Wiener, a 61-year-old season ticket holder, said Ujiri then shoved the officer back before bystanders intervened.

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In 2013, the Raptors pried Ujiri away from Colorado on a five-year, $15 million deal.

"It's not like we were going to chase him down", Kelly said.

Criminalizing a Black man seems to be Police 101, and cops seemed to follow the script to a tee following the report that Ujiri was the victim. "At that point our deputy pushed Mr. Ujiri away again and some National Basketball Association security people and others intervened and he ended up walking onto the court". The Alameda County District Attorney's Office said it expected to look into the matter sometime next week. In 2016 he became team president and is under contract through 2021.

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