Masai Ujiri Allegedly Gave Cop Concussion & Jaw Injury After Scuffle

Tanya Simon
June 19, 2019

The altercation between Raptors president Masai Ujiri and an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy during the National Basketball Association finals last week shows no sign of going away quietly.

A spokesperson for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said Ujiri was making his way to the court when he was stopped by a sheriff's deputy and asked for his credentials. "No options are being ruled out as to how to rectify the situation".

Ray Kelly (via CBS San Francisco), Ujiri struck the deputy with his arm on the side of the deputy's face, while trying to shove him to get onto the court after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors last Thursday.

In a video posted on social media of the end of the incident, Ujiri and the deputy are seen yelling at each other while being separated, and Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is then shown pulling Ujiri onto the court.

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Investigators are questioning witnesses, Kelly said, adding the sheriff's office hopes to file a report with prosecutors this week recommending a misdemeanor battery charge against Ujiri. "He has a serious concussion; a templar mandibular joint injury, which is a serious jaw injury", Mastagni said. Kelly said Ujiri also shouted obscenities. The team had no comment Tuesday. Ujiri shoved him back before bystanders intervened, Wiener said. But on Tuesday, he told The Associated Press that he remembered the officer shouting, "No one gets on the court without credentials".

"We were given explicit instructions that even if it was an executive or an owner that they too were not allowed on the court without the proper credentials", he said.

After reportedly reviewing footage of the altercation from the deputy's body camera and security cameras at Oracle Arena, Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern says he fully supports the deputy, according to Nielsen.

"We had the opportunity to make an arrest and we chose not to", Kelly said.

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