California sheriff: Raptors exec pushed, struck deputy


According to USA Today's Dan Wolken, citing a department spokesman, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office is "pursuing a misdemeanor charge" against Ujiri for simple battery. Ray Kelly with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said in a statement first reported by NBC Bay Area.

The alleged incident occurred Thursday night on the floor at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, after the Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors to win the National Basketball Association title and Ujiri tried to join the team on the floor. That's when Sgt. Kelly says the deputy "pushed [Ujiri] away from the court". Ujiri, they say, failed to show them the required credential.

Authorities are looking into allegations that Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri was involved in an altercation with a sheriff's deputy after the Raptors won their first NBA title with a 114-110 victory over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.

Ujiri joined the Raptors in 2013, and recently made waves when he suddenly traded franchise face DeMar Derozan to land Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard from the Spurs. @ACSOSheriffs say he hit a deputy in the face.

"Mr. Ujiri was unknown to the deputy at that time".

A video appears to capture the immediate aftermath of what happened. "If the sheriffs have a clue, they will back the hell down, chalk it up to a mistake on both sides and move along". In 2016 he became team president and is under contract through 2021.

Some came to the officer's defense. It's hard to imagine the Raptors letting him go elsewhere and not giving him a pay raise. But most weren't so willing to give a white officer the benefit of the doubt.

Asked about the appearance of a well-known executive being held back from celebrating a historic win with the team he built, Kelly said optics were of no concern. "That would just be gross negligence on the staff at Oracle to have not been prepared for that regardless!" one person fired back.