A brand new video has emerged of an altercation between Alameda County sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland and Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri, which reveals the officer to be the aggressor in an incident that occurred instantly after Sport 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Ujiri made his method in direction of the courtroom to hitch the Raptors for the customary on-court championship celebration, the place his workforce would obtain the Larry O’Brien Trophy, whereas Kawhi Leonard obtained his award for profitable NBA Finals MVP.
obtained new video footage, which reveals Strickland to be the preliminary aggressor within the altercation.” data-reactid=”18″>KTVU FOX 2, based mostly out of the Bay Space, obtained new video footage, which reveals Strickland to be the preliminary aggressor within the altercation.
Diamond Leung of The Athletic.” data-reactid=”30″>Ujiri’s authorized workforce additionally launched video of the physique digicam footage, as obtained by Diamond Leung of The Athletic.
Masai Ujiri’s authorized workforce has launched physique digicam footage of his encounter with a safety employee at Oracle Area after the Raptors gained the NBA championship. pic.twitter.com/56XWMpZy0P
— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) August 19, 2020
Attorneys representing Ujiri said Strickland was “undeniably the initial aggressor,” in accordance with KTVU.
Within the video, Ujiri makes his well beyond a bunch of followers, a safety guard and different credentialed members on his method to the Oracle Area flooring. Strickland sees Ujiri coming, factors at him, and as Ujiri holds out his credential, the sheriff’s deputy shoves the Raptors’ president.
After the primary shove, Strickland and Ujiri exchanged phrases, earlier than the latter held out his credential as soon as once more, in an try and entry the ground. This time, Strickland pushes Ujiri again with extra drive, and Ujiri shoved Strickland again.
Strickland, who needed to be restrained by bystanders and different credentialed members, tries to get different safety personnel concerned, earlier than Ujiri is ushered onto the courtroom with out additional incident.
No prison prices have been ever filed towards Ujiri, with prosecutors dismissing the likelihood in October 2019.
“caused and continue to cause great mental, physical, emotional and psychological pain and suffering” because of this.” data-reactid=”38″>Strickland hasn’t returned to work since getting concerned within the altercation with Ujiri and filed a lawsuit towards the Raptors’ president in a Northern California district courtroom, claiming that he incurred accidents that “caused and continue to cause great mental, physical, emotional and psychological pain and suffering” because of this.
Ujiri known as the lawsuit ‘malicious’ and the Raptors vehemently refuted Strickland’s account of the incident.
The Raptors additionally launched the next assertion:
Raptors spokesperson on launch of video footage involving workforce president Masai Ujiri and a Bay Space police officer in moments after finish of 2019 NBA Finals: pic.twitter.com/sPq6y1tbw5
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 19, 2020