Raptors Team Exec Accused Of Assaulting Deputy At NBA Game

Toronto Raptors' President Masai Ujiri wasn't wearing the required golden armband when he tried to access the court.

Oakland, CA – The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is pursuing a misdemeanor complaint against the general manager of the Toronto Raptors after the man assaulted a deputy who stopped him from walking onto the court after they won the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship (video below).

The altercation occurred just moments after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in the NBA championship game in Oakland on Thursday, USA Today reported.

Masai Ujiri, president of the Raptors, made a run for the court after his team won on June 13, 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.

“We were told to strictly enforce the credentialing policy and not allow anyone onto the court without a credential, so our deputies were doing that,” Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Sergeant Ray Kelly said. “Our deputy contacted Mr. Masai Ujiri as he attempted to walk onto the court. He had no credential displayed, and our deputy asked for his credential. Mr. Ujiri didn’t produce them and pushed our deputy out of the way to gain access to the court.”

“At that point our deputy tried to stop him and pushed him backward and then Mr. Ujiri came back with a second shove, a more significant push that, with his forward momentum, his arm struck our deputy in the face,” Sgt. Kelly continued. “At that point our deputy pushed Mr. Ujiri away again and some NBA security people and others intervened and he ended up walking onto the court.”

The sergeant said that Ujiri also shouted obscenities at the deputy, The Washington Post reported.

NBC captured the aftermath of the incident on video, but police are now reviewing footage from bodycams worn by officers, the stadium’s surveillance video, and cellphone videos taken by fans and staff.

Sgt. Kelly said the police chose not to detain Ujiri during the championship celebration on national television because it would not have been in “anyone’s best interests,” according to USA Today.

The deputy complained of a sore jaw and was taken to the hospital for evaluation, The Washington Post reported.

The Raptors released a statement they were cooperating with police and would also investigate the incident themselves.

NBA Spokesman Mike Bass said that the NBA was talking with the Raptors and law enforcement to gather more information, The Washington Post reported.

Ujiri, 48, has been president of the Raptors for six seasons.

Watch video of the aftermath of the altercation below:

Comments (44)
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Mig Alley
Mig Alley

When will the Amish learn? I'm going with never on that one.🙄

Asghaill
Asghaill

As a “veteran” of over a thousand major events I can state based on experience that this team official absolutely should have been displaying his court pass like everyone else.

This policy is in place to protect his players.

Event staff depend in the passed to show who has access and to let them through.

Everyone else, repeat, everyone else is an intruder, a possible threat and is to be prevented from entering the restricted area by any means necessary.

He is lucky he had some people to run interference for him or he would have ended up in the ground and cuffed within about 15 seconds.

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

If you don't know the staff without a special band then get the F*ck Out! They should Hire New Security, maybe security guards!

LEO0301
LEO0301

With everyone enter the Amish ghetto lottery nowadays, this deputy should give them a taste of their own medicine. Going to the hospital was the smart thing to do. Get documentation of the injury for the $$$$$$!