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 staff had defeated the Golden State Warriors in final yr’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 staff.
Alameda County sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland claimed in a federal lawsuit filed in February that he stopped Ujiri as a result of he didn’t present the correct credential, resulting in a shoving match that was partially captured on video. Strickland alleged Ujiri hit him “in the face and chest with both fists,” tried to go round him and repeatedly ignored orders to cease.
Strickland’s physique digicam video launched Tuesday by Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, the regulation agency representing Ujiri, reveals the Raptors president strolling whereas pulling credentials out of his swimsuit’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 mentioned in a press release they stand by Ujiri and level out the video reveals Strickland’s accusations are “baseless and entirely without merit.”
“We believe this video evidence shows exactly that — Masai was not an aggressor, but instead was the recipient of two very violent, unwarranted actions,” the staff mentioned.
“While Masai has the full backing of Raptors and MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment) as he fights this injustice, we are aware that not all people have similar support and resources. This is a spurious legal action that MLSE, the NBA, and especially Masai should not be facing,” it added.
In a counter-claim filed Tuesday, Ujiri’s attorneys mentioned the footage reveals Strickland was “undeniably the initial aggressor” within the confrontation and that the brand new proof will vindicate Ujiri’s rights “as a victim of unreasonable force, assault, and battery at the hands of Mr. Strickland,” the East Bay Occasions reported.
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. regulation 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 mentioned 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 swimsuit in opposition to Ujiri.
“There’s been a snippet of video released publicly that doesn’t tell the story of the entire investigation,” Kelly mentioned. “That story will have to come out through the process. We stand by our original statements.”
Kelly confirmed that Strickland stays employed by the division and mentioned the deputy is on go away recovering from accidents sustained throughout the incident.