OAKLAND, Calif. — A brand new video launched by the legal professionals for Masai Ujiri, the Toronto Raptors’ president, seems to indicate that an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy initially shoved him twice resulting in an altercation moments after the Raptors had defeated the Golden State Warriors within the 2019 N.B.A. finals.
The Raptors had simply received their first title by successful Recreation 6 at Oracle Area in Oakland on June 13, 2019, when Ujiri moved towards the courtroom to affix his celebrating crew.
Alan Strickland, an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy, 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 accused Ujiri of hitting him “in the face and chest with both fists,” attempting to go round him and repeatedly ignoring orders to cease.
Video launched Tuesday by Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, the regulation agency representing Ujiri, from Strickland’s physique digicam reveals Ujiri strolling whereas pulling credentials out of his go well with’s breast pocket and Strickland aggressively shoving him twice shortly earlier than Ujiri shoves him again. The footage ends shortly after that.
The Raptors stated in an announcement they stand by Ujiri, including that the video confirmed Strickland’s accusations have been “baseless and entirely without merit.” Maple Leaf Sports activities and Leisure, which owns the Raptors and the Toronto Maple Leafs of the N.H.L., additionally supported Ujiri.
“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 crew stated.
“While Masai has the full backing of Raptors and M.L.S.E. as he fights this injustice, we are aware that not all people have similar support and resources. This is a spurious legal action that M.L.S.E., the NBA, and especially Masai should not be facing,” it added.
In a counterclaim filed Tuesday, Ujiri’s legal professionals stated 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 regulation agency that represents Alameda County sheriff’s deputies, didn’t reply to a request for remark.
In an announcement Wednesday, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly, a sheriff’s spokesman, 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 towards Ujiri.
“There’s been a snippet of video released publicly that doesn’t tell the story of the entire investigation,” Kelly stated. “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 stated the deputy is on depart recovering from accidents sustained in the course of the incident.