OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A brand new video launched by the attorneys of Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri seems to point out an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy initially shoved him twice resulting in an altercation moments after his group had defeated the Golden State Warriors in final 12 months’s NBA championship.
The Raptors had simply received their first title at Oracle Area in Oakland on June 13, 2019, when Ujiri went onto the courtroom to affix his celebrating group.
Alameda County sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland claimed in a federal lawsuit filed in February that he stopped Ujiri as a result of he did not present the correct credential, resulting in a shoving match that was partially captured on video. Strickland alleged Ujiri hit him ”within the face and chest with each fists,” tried to go round him and repeatedly ignored orders to cease.
Strickland’s physique digital camera video launched Tuesday by Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, the legislation agency representing Ujiri, exhibits the Raptors president strolling whereas pulling credentials out of his go well with’s breast pocket and the deputy aggressively shoving him twice shortly earlier than Ujiri shoves him again. The footage ends shortly after that.
The Raptors stated in a press release they stand by Ujiri and level out the video exhibits Strickland’s accusations are ”baseless and completely with out advantage.”
”We imagine this video proof exhibits precisely that – Masai was not an aggressor, however as an alternative was the recipient of two very violent, unwarranted actions,” the group stated.
”Whereas Masai has the complete backing of Raptors and MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports activities Leisure) as he fights this injustice, we’re conscious that not all folks have related help and assets. This can be a spurious authorized motion that MLSE, the NBA, and particularly Masai shouldn’t be going through,” it added.
In a counter-claim filed Tuesday, Ujiri’s attorneys stated the footage exhibits Strickland was ”undeniably the preliminary aggressor” within the confrontation and that the brand new proof will vindicate Ujiri’s rights ”as a sufferer of unreasonable drive, assault, and battery by the hands of Mr. Strickland,” the East Bay Instances reported.
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. legislation agency, which represents Alameda County sheriff’s deputies, didn’t reply to a request for remark.
In a press release Wednesday, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly stated the division had closed out its half within the case final July. Kelly distinguished between the general public case, which ended with a quotation listening to final November, and the personal matter of Strickland’s go well with in opposition to Ujiri.
”There’s been a snippet of video launched publicly that does not inform the story of the complete investigation,” Kelly stated. ”That story should come out via the method. We stand by our unique statements.”
Kelly confirmed that Strickland stays employed by the division and stated the deputy is on depart recovering from accidents sustained throughout the incident.