Toronto Raptors President Reportedly Shoved A Deputy During The Finals Game
RAPTORS – Raptors President Masai Ujiri could face charges of misdemeanor battery after being accused of shoving a deputy in the face.
Yesterday, the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors with a close gap of 114-110 making them the 2019 NBA Champions. This is the first championship of the team in 25 years.
In celebration, the team players must’ve been overwhelmed with the joy of being the NBA Champion.
However, as the team’s president tried to approach the players and the rest of team on the court, he reportedly shoved and hit a sheriff’s deputy. He was accused of throwing indecent words.
In the reports of Sgt. Ray Kelly – spokesman of Alameda County sheriff Ujiri attempted to go through the deputy in charge of checking on the court-access credentials after their recent win against the opposing Golden State Warriors.
Ujiri allegedly shoved the deputy back after an attempt to stop him.
Kelly explained the scenario and revealed that Ujiri hit the deputy in his statement:
“That’s when our deputy goes hands-on and moves Mr. Ujiri back from the court. Mr. Ujiri made a second, more significant shove and during that shove his arm struck our deputy in the side of the head.”
On top of the accusations of misbehavior, he was also reported to be seen shouting vulgar words at the deputy who tried to stop him.
Kelly also claimed that some bystanders also got into the scene and Ujiri eventually got into the court without showing any credentials.
The mentioned deputy complained about some pain he felt in his jaw and was later on taken to a hospital for assessment. The deputy was released later on.
Kelly also said that they refrained from pursuing an arrest right on the moment. He said:
“We had the opportunity to make an arrest and we chose not to. We decided it would be in everyone’s best interest to slow things down and do an investigation.”
Statements from witnesses were taken by deputies and a footage from body cams were also reviewed with other clips for the arena’s surveillance cams and cellphone-taken videos.
This is according to an article from Inquirer.
A fan of the Warriors says he was right next to the deputy when the incident happened but did not see that Ujiri struck the deputy in the face.
He also disclosed information about what he witnessed saying:
“The thing about the cops saying the policeman asked for his credentials, that didn’t happen. There was no conversation at all.”
That is all there is to it, at least for now. We’ll post updates as soon as we got them.