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Raptors president Masai Ujiri accused of assaulting sheriff's deputy in Oakland

14 June 2019

Reports said that a man believed to be a Raptors executive pushed and struck a sheriff's deputy.

A Warriors fan who witnessed the incident told The Associated Press that the sheriff's deputy didn't ask for any credentials before putting his hand on Ujiri's chest and pushing him.

"Our deputy pushed the man back and told him he couldn't go onto the court", Kelly alleged. "At that point, several bystanders intervened and the executive did ultimately get back onto the court without displaying credentials".

Video published by NBC Bay Area's Kristofer Noceda shows Ujiri appear to shove an officer, which results in a chaotic moment where a man, who presumably works with the team, attempts to keep the officers from taking action against Ujiri. But while the account that tweeted the video claimed the officer was the aggressor, in what bore all the hallmarks of a classic case of racial profiling, police, in turn, have accused Ujiri of assaulting the cop.

Ujiri eventually made his way onto the court for the celebration with the help of Toronto guard Kyle Lowry. The officer tried to stop Ujiri from entering the court, as he did not have the proper credentials. "Our deputy contacted Mr. Masai Ujiri as he attempted to walk onto the court". The Alameda County District Attorney's Office said it expected to look into the matter sometime next week.

Ujiri watched the end of the game on television outside the Raptors' locker room with other team officials. In 2016 he became team president and is under contract through 2021.

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

One day after the St. Louis Blues won the first Stanley Cup in the team's 52-year history, and set a National Hockey League sales record in the aftermath, the Toronto Raptors won their first National Basketball Association title.

Raptors president Masai Ujiri accused of assaulting sheriff's deputy in Oakland