Deputy Sues NBA Exec Who Hit Him While Rushing The Court

Tom Gantert

A police officer says a NBA executive punched him in the face and neck trying to get onto the court

Oakland, CA – A California sheriff’s deputy has sued Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri claiming that he was seriously injured by the National Basketball Association (NBA) executive when he rushed the court after his team won the championship.

The altercation occurred just moments after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship game in Oakland on June 13, 2019, USA Today reported.

Masai Ujiri, president of the Raptors, made a run for the court after his team won, but he wasn’t displaying the proper credentials to get onto the court.

NBA rules said anyone going onto the basketball court had to have a gold armband, USA Today.

It wasn’t known if Ujiri had an armband with him but video showed he was not wearing it or otherwise displaying it when he tried to get through the security line.

So a deputy stopped the team's executive from accessing the court where his team was celebrating, and it didn’t go over well, USA Today reported.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Ray Kelly said that Ujiri used his arm to hit the deputy on the side of the face, KPIX reported.

Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern had asked that Ujiri be charged with battery of a police officer, according to The Globe and Mail.

But the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in October said it declined to press charges against the NBA executive.

Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick said she recommended the dispute be resolved through mediation, The Globe and Mail reported.

So on Feb. 7, Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Strickland filed a federal lawsuit against Ujiri in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, according to USA Today.

Deputy Strickland and his wife Kelly Strickland said they wanted a trial by jury to resolve the dispute.

The deputy’s lawsuit alleged that Ujiri attacked him and “hit him in the face and chest with both fists,” USA Today reported.

The suit said that Deputy Strickland had “suffered, and will continue to suffer, physical, mental, emotional, and economic injuries, including, but not limited to, lost wages, lost opportunity for financial gain, future earning capacity, and past and future medical care and expenses.”

The lawsuit asked for $75,000 in general damages for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, two counts of negligence, and loss of consortium, USA Today reported.

It also asked the jury for punitive damages, medical and incidental expenses, future medical and incidental expenses, loss of earnings, prejudgment interest, property damage, legal fees, and any other relief the court would find, USA Today reported.

Comments (39)
Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

I couldn't see anything relevant in the video, other than a self-appointed cop-hater trying to restrain an LEO or two from doing their jobs.

Clearly obstructing or something, but this is very old news that was settled last year in October.

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flybynight
flybynight

Thugs acting like thugs. Nothing new.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Settled months ago. Also:

"The department did not release footage depicting the start of the incident and furthermore announced that the body cam footage had happened to "switch off" when Ujiri allegedly struck the officer.

The sergeant in question had also come under fire earlier in the year for **retweeting American neo-nazi Richard Spencer to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office official Twitter account, ** but stated that it was "accidental" and done while doing research on Spencer. Warriors season ticket holder Greg Wiener, who was seated near the altercation, alleged that the police officer used excessive force and put his hands on Ujiri first, while two other fans, Ben Baller and Lucas Abrenica, both sitting within 10 feet of the incident, also disputed the officer's version of events.

The white supremacist cop is a fucking liar. Cops caught lying or connected to white supremacy should be dealt with. Permanently.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

another POS pig thinking he hit the ghetto lottery!

DR226
DR226

They just can't seem follow rules or laws...🙈

Gramercy
Gramercy

Hope the officer is able to collect the MAX!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

"Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick said she recommended the dispute be resolved through mediation, The Globe and Mail reported." So she didn't say the incident didn't occur, only that it should be resolved by mediation.

Assuming there is clear objective video of what occurred, and it supports the officer's claim, then I hope he wins his lawsuit.

Raymelson
Raymelson

The dude knew he was supposed to wear his arm band before he could get on the court so regardless of the outcome the officer was doing his job it's amazing how these rich A,H thinks the rules don't apply to them

Wish505
Wish505

Too many Canadians come down and think they run and own the USA. Not only rhis incident but many similar occur with the Canadians who come down for the winter months.

FTP209
FTP209

im not taking sides and im not pro pig but if this wasnt a cop and just a civilian security guard no one would be taking the side of that former child soldier masai


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