Images show Masai Ujiri-deputy altercation, Canadian newspaper reports originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com
The aftermath of the Raptors' NBA Finals win over the Warriors was marred in controversy.
After Toronto defeated the Golden State in Game 6 at Oracle Arena on June 13, Raptors president Masai Ujiri allegedly struck and pushed a sheriff's deputy while trying to access the floor after the Raptors' title-winning victory.
A witness has claimed that Ujiri didn't strike the deputy, but the Alameda County Sheriff's Office showed The Globe and Mail, a Canadian newspaper, still images that show there indeed was an altercation between Ujiri and the deputy. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office wouldn't allow The Globe and Mail to publish the photos or view full videos.
'[We wanted] to show that a crime did occur when people are saying that ... there was no strike to the face, when in fact there was," spokesperson Sgt. Ray Kelly said. "We've done it in a way that can still let the investigation take place without contaminating the witness pool."
According to The Globe and Mail, one of the photos shows Ujiri with arms raised and outstretched, his hands clenched, appearing to strike the deputy.
The Raptors declined to comment on the images.
The Sheriff's Office claims that Ujiri told the deputy he was the president of the Raptors and flashed an NBA credential backward, but did not have the yellow armband or purple badge required to access the court. Officials allege that Ujiri pushed and struck the deputy in the face after he refused to let the executive on the court.
Body camera footage showed to The Globe and Mail reportedly shows Ujiri with no credentials in his hand or around his neck.
The officer has not yet been identified but claims to have a concussion. He is debating whether or not to sue Ujiri and the Raptors.
The Oakland Police Department is investigating the incident and is expected to file its report to the District Attorney soon. Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern has recommended that Ujiri be charged with a misdemeanor battery of an officer which can carry a penalty of 364 days in jail.