Raptors GM Masai Ujiri 'pushed, struck deputy in face' during title celebration

Raptors president Majai Ujiri celebrates after his team's NBA championship-clinching win over the Warriors on Thursday night

Enlarge Image Raptors president Majai Ujiri celebrates after his team's NBA championship-clinching win over the Warriors on Thursday night. Getty Images

A spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said Ujiri was making his way to the court to celebrate his team's historic win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday when he was stopped by a sheriff's deputy and asked for his credentials.

The Wizards don't want to waste time, either, with plans to reach out to the Raptors "soon" for permission to interview Ujiri on the heels of him delivering Toronto its first National Basketball Association title ever.

"He had no credential displayed, and our deputy asked for his credential", Sgt. Ray Kelly said. Reports said that a man believed to be a Raptors executive pushed and struck a sheriff's deputy.

The officer had denied the executive access to the court "because he didn't have the proper credentials" a spokesperson for the sheriff's office told the San Francisco Chronicle after the game. "At that point, the gentleman pushed our deputy again, and during that push his arm struck our deputy in the jaw". Ujiri is accused of twice shoving an officer and striking him in the face after he was blocked from entering the court because he didn't display his game credential.

A video from NBC Bay Area appears to show bystanders holding an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy back and Ujiri standing off to the side.

Footage shows the aftermath of a situation during which Ujiri is being separated from a law enforcement officer.

That sounds pretty bad, but it may not be the final word on the story, as several witnesses have come to the defense of the Toronto Raptors' general manager. "No doubt they laid hands first, and I bet it was because they could never fathom a black man was the president of a team", wrote one responder.

A spokeswoman for the Raptors said they were co-operating with the USA authorities and looked forward to resolving the situation.

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