Sheriff’s deputy the ‘undeniably preliminary aggressor’ in Toronto Raptors shoving match

Sheriff’s deputy the 'undeniably initial aggressor' in Toronto Raptors shoving match

New video launched on Tuesday exhibits for the primary time an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy clearly shoving the Toronto Raptors president twice within the chest in an encounter that grabbed worldwide consideration.

Deputy Alan Strickland was “undeniably the preliminary aggressor,” based on attorneys representing Raptors president Masai Ujiri. 

The video, 6 minutes and 20 seconds of three edited clips, exhibits Ujiri strolling onto the courtroom on June 13, 2019 after the Raptors beat the Warriors 114-100 and Strickland placing his arm out to cease him, checking to verify he had his safety credentials. 

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri reacts after being shoved by Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Strickland. June 13, 2019

WATCH: Video exhibits shoving match between deputy and Raptors president

Ujiri did have credentials out; he was seen on the video tucking his badge into his swimsuit pocket. He was thrilled and he was making an attempt to hurry all the way down to congratulate his victorious crew. 

However Strickland tried to cease him, placing out his arm to dam his path.  

Strickland is seen within the high-definition safety video pushing Ujiri within the chest, as an onlooker grabs on the deputy’s shoulder to calm him down. Strickland pushes him a second time. 

At that time, Ujiri shoves the deputy again. 

Strickland tells him to “again the f— up,” based on attorneys representing Ujiri. 

“Why did you push me?” Ujiri asks. “I’m the president of the Raptors.”

The video clips of this 11-second encounter — launched firstly of the NBA playoffs – is the primary time the general public has been capable of view the video.  The footage comes from Strickland’s physique digicam in addition to two brief clips from safety cameras inside Oracle Area. The footage was launched via a federal lawsuit. Ujiri is being represented by the legislation agency of Cotchett Pitre & Mccarthy in Burlingame, Calif. 

Up till now, the general public needed to depend on witness accounts of the encounter, and a shaky mobile phone video taken from a number of toes away, which circulated on social media. Witness accounts largely corroborate what the video exhibits: A transient, heated altercation between the 2 males. 

The matter may need ended there.

However in February, Strickland filed a federal lawsuit towards Ujiri, the Raptors, Maple Leaf Leisure on the NBA alleging Ujiri shoved him so exhausting on the courtroom that he suffered bodily accidents to his head, jaw, chin and enamel.

Strickland additionally filed a employees’ compensation declare alleging Ujiri “circumvented” the safety checkpoint after which tried to “storm” the courtroom and “hit him in the face and chest with both fists.” 

Strickland additionally claimed Ujiri had a “violent predisposition” and acted with an “evil motive amounting to malice,” based on his swimsuit and employees’ compensation claims. 

However the launch of this video in addition to the testimony of a number of witnesses truly vindicates Ujiri, the defendant’s attorneys declare in a 108-page response. 

Alan Strickland says he had facial swelling after he was shoved by Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri. That is his photograph from the hospital.

“Mr. Strickland used pointless and extreme power,” the counterclaim states. “There was no motive to view Mr. Ujiri as a menace to anybody and no motive for Mr. Strickland to curse at Mr. Ujiri and forcefully shove him as quite a few witnesses noticed.”

Neither Strickland, who has not been again to work in additional than a yr,  nor his lawyer, David Mastagni, have been accessible for speedy remark. 

Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly was additionally unavailable for remark. 

As for whether or not Strickland will ever return to work is unclear. In accordance with Clear California, Strickland earned $224,000 a yr, not together with advantages, in 2018.

In accordance with his swimsuit, Strickland has been “prevented from attending to his usual occupation” and believes that would be the case “for a period of time in the future.”

Strickland alleged he suffered such a “shock of injury to his nervous system” that he believes “will result in some permanent disability.” 

Along with the bodily struggling, Strickland additionally stated his “emotional well-being” additionally took a blow.

However his bodily accidents are in critical query. 

Ujiri’s attorneys identified that on the evening he went to the hospital, Strickland had no seen facial swelling as he had claimed in his stories to police, they usually supplied an image of him exhibiting no bruises. 

The attorneys additionally pointed to unique video KTVU took in February, which confirmed him going out for lunch along with his spouse, carrying bins and utilizing an influence noticed within the spring exterior his dwelling.

Strickland’s previous authorized historical past can also be troubling, authorized analysts have stated.  

In March, KTVU broke an unique story revealing that in 1994, Strickland was arrested and later convicted of insurance coverage fraud, elevating questions on his integrity. 

The fraud cost was found when Strickland was making use of to be a San Mateo police officer in 2005 – a job he didn’t get.


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Safety video from the Raptors Warriors recreation on June 13, 2019

Alan and Kelly Strickland return from having lunch. Kelly Strickland joined the federal lawsuit towards the Raptors. February 2020

Alan Strickland makes use of an influence noticed in his storage. He filed a federal lawsuit towards the Toronto Raptors saying he was assaulted and might’t return to work. February 2020

Alan and Kelly Strickland return from having lunch. Kelly Strickland joined the federal lawsuit towards the Raptors. February 2020

Alan Strickland’s reserving photograph in 2005. He was charged with felony insurance coverage fraud. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor. (San Mateo County Sheriff)

KTVU’s Simone Aponte and Brooks Jarosz contributed to this report. 

Lisa Fernandez is a reporter for KTVU. Electronic mail Lisa at or name her at 510-874-0139. Or comply with her on Twitter @ljfernandez 

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