OAKLAND, Calif. – The Alameda County sheriff’s deputy who shoved the Toronto Raptors president twice within the chest because the group govt was on his approach to congratulate his gamers, was additionally seen being well mannered to different followers making an attempt to exit out the fallacious door.
Deputy Alan Strickland spoke to at the least 4 different teams simply moments earlier than Masai Ujiri tried to get onto the courtroom in June 2019.
Strickland is seen telling all of them that they needed to exit the sport at Oracle Enviornment up a set of stairs onto the first-floor concourse, as an alternative of leaving the sport by way of the courtroom the place he was standing, in keeping with a overview of prolonged physique digital camera video recorded that evening.
In a single case, Strickland informed a father and son who wished to depart the fallacious means: “I’m sorry. I apologize. Have a great day.”
However when Ujiri begins to hurriedly stroll onto the courtroom to greet his victorious group, issues rapidly obtained heated.
Safety officers inform a girl she will’t exit out a selected door as she is telling them her mother is disabled. Strickland tells her he is “terribly sorry.”
Warriors followers have been leaving early as a result of it was inevitable that the Raptors have been going to be the champions in Recreation 6 of the NBA Finals.
Ultimately, the Raptors gained, 114-110. It was the primary time in historical past any Canadian group has ever captured an NBA title.
Six minutes and 20 seconds of video have been launched publicly final week because of a federal lawsuit Strickland filed in opposition to Ujiri, alleging assault and battery. The prolonged physique digital camera is one element of that launch.
KTVU pieced collectively what Strickland wrote in his police report that evening and in contrast that to what’s seen within the movies.
The findings: Most issues that Strickland stated couldn’t be backed up by the visible proof.
Here’s what the comparability between Strickland’s incident report and the physique digital camera video revealed:
STRICKLAND: Anschutz Leisure Group gave him photos of the right credentials wanted to achieve entry to the courtroom on the finish of the sport. He was given “strict orders” that over the last 4 minutes of the fourth quarter, he needed to stand at pre-assigned posts to guard the gamers and the workers across the courtroom.
At a safety briefing, he was informed that if the Raptors gained, “only those people with gold ribbon armbands were allowed access to the court” till a cellular stage was arrange and a rope boundaries have been in place.
After the stage and ropes have been in place, NBA safety would permit folks with plastic NBA Finals credentials with the phrases “Trophy Presentation” to entry the courtroom. This credential was purple.
Additionally, everybody who wished to entry the courtroom needed to put on this plastic credential round their neck on a lanyard.
At 8:45 p.m., Strickland stated he noticed an individual, whom he later discovered was Ujiri, strolling towards him. “I had never seen Ujiri before and was not familiar with his role,” he wrote.
He said Ujiri did not have any visible credentials around his neck. He also was not wearing a yellow armband.
Strickland said he saw Ujiri start to pull out what appeared to be security credentials from inside his left breast suit jacket pocket. But he added Ujiri did not pull them out far enough to verify who the credential belonged to or show the color-coding.
Deputy Alan Strickland said he suffered major injuries and that Ujiri should be arrested with battery of a peace officer.
VIDEO: Ujiri was not wearing a gold armband. He did have a plastic credential, but it was not around his neck.
The video shows that it was halfway out of his suit breast pocket, which was easily seen, and that he was either tucking it into his pocket or trying to pull it out.
The video does not show if it was the purple trophy credential.
Ujri’s legal team described this as an all-access pass.
A man who said he was with the Raiders is wearing a yellow wristband. It’s unclear if this is the yellow armband Deputy Strickland was referring to.
No one else in the crowd appears to be wearing a yellow armband.
One man who said he was with the Raiders is seen wearing a yellow wristband. Strickland does not let that man exit out the courtside and directs up him upstairs.
ESPN sports reporter Brian Windhorst said in an interview this week that he was not wearing a yellow armband and was able to get onto the court, no questions asked.
Deputy Alan Strickland pushes Raptors president Masai Ujiri back twice.
STRICKLAND: The deputy said: “Ujiri ignored my verbal request and forcefully used his right hand, slapping my left hand out of his way.”
VIDEO: Strickland does say one thing that’s unintelligible on the video, after which seems to virtually instantly seize Ujiri’s swimsuit, pushing the Raptors president backward and telling him to “back the f– up.” Strickland shoves Ujiri a second time.
Ujiri seems to be shocked and says, “I’m the president of the Raptors.”
Ujiri shouldn’t be seen slapping the deputy’s hand away.
Nonetheless, Ujiri ultimately shoves the deputy again with open arms in his chest space. It’s fast and over inside a second or two. Strickland takes a step or two again. He by no means falls to the bottom or is seen yelling out in ache.
That shove shouldn’t be captured on the physique digital camera, however on a second, safety digital camera inside the sector.
Majai Ujiri has his credentials midway out of his breast swimsuit pocket.
STRICKLAND: Whereas he was confronting Ujiri, the deputy stated he was grabbed by a person in a inexperienced shirt who yelled: “please, please, please.” The person within the inexperienced shirt pulled Strickland again and the deputy stated his left arm was trapped and he couldn’t “defend himself.”
Strickland stated he then noticed Ujiri pull out a plastic placard and wave it in his face. However he stated he couldn’t acknowledge it as a result of he waved it “quickly and aggressively.”
VIDEO: The video backs up what Strickland stated concerning the man within the inexperienced shirt.
Nonetheless, Ujiri shouldn’t be seen waving his credentials aggressively within the air. He’s seen pulling them out and his arms fly up within the air for a second earlier than he brings them down. His credentials are in his palm, dealing with out all the time.
A person in a inexperienced shirt (far left nook) calls out “please, please, please” when the deputy shoves Masai Ujiri.
STRICKLAND: The deputy stated Ujiri walked “aggressively” towards him “raising both of his hands and striking me with closed fists in a straight arm manner I would best describe as a double first punch.”
He stated Ujiri’s left hand struck him in the suitable collarbone space and his proper hand on the left facet of his chin.
The “blunt force of being struck by both fists from Ujiri knocked me backward three full steps or approximately four feet.”
He stated his physique digital camera turned off as a result of the person within the inexperienced shirt was holding him again or due to Ujiri’s “violent strikes.”
He informed his sergeant that he was simply punched within the face by Ujiri. He then watched as “Ujiri aggressively attempted to move toward me in a confrontational manner, which made me believe he wanted to physically assault me again.”
VIDEO: There is no such thing as a proof to help that Ujiri punched the deputy anyplace, not to mention the face.
Deputy Alan Strickland grabs Masai Ujiri’s swimsuit.
STRICKLAND: The person within the inexperienced shirt escorted Ujiri onto the courtroom. As soon as he obtained there, Raptors participant Kyle Lowry embraced him. As Ujiri was hugging Lowry, Strickland stated he seemed in my course and mouthed “f— you.”
VIDEO: A safety video taken excessive above the courtroom exhibits Ujiri getting escorted onto the courtroom by the person within the inexperienced shirt after which hugging Lowry. There is no such thing as a visible proof of Ujiri mouthing profanity to Strickland from this recording, which was taken from a large, far view from the incident.
Strickland is much away from Ujiri at this level and a number of other followers are standing in between them.
Masai Ujiri hugs Raptors participant Kyle Lowry after the Toronto group beat the Warriors 114-100.
STRICKLAND: Whereas he was engaged on his report, Strickland stated he developed a migraine and had a continued “popping and cracking” in his jaw. He stated he may really feel swelling on his chin and was in “constant pain.”
He went to Eden Medical Heart. He stated Dr. Yang Wang identified him with one thing, which was redacted from the report. He stated he was nonetheless in ache two days later when he opened and closed his mouth. He went again to the ER and was identified with one thing, which was additionally redacted. He took photographs of the “swelling of his face.”
PHOTOGRAPH: The image of Strickland’s face taken on the hospital and submitted to the courtroom don’t present proof of facial swelling or bruising. It’s not attainable to verify the small print of his prognosis as a result of privateness restrictions.
Strickland at first stated he had a concussion, a situation he didn’t formally point out in his lawsuit.
Alan Strickland says he had facial swelling after he was shoved by Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri. That is his photograph from the hospital.
Final week, Ujiri filed paperwork to countersue Strickland, alleging fraud and extreme pressure.
Strickland has not been again to work since that Raptors-Warriors sport and has collected about $150,000 in employee’s compensation since then.
Lisa Fernandez is a reporter for KTVU. E mail Lisa at email@example.com or name her at 510-874-0139. Or observe her on Twitter @ljfernandez