Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

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

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

The alleged incident is said to have occurred at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. But while the account that tweeted the video claimed the officer was the aggressor, in what bore all the hallmarks of a classic case of racial profiling, police, in turn, have accused Ujiri of assaulting the cop.

Ujiri didn't have the credentials on him, Kelly said, adding that the former National Basketball Association executive of the year then allegedly pushed the deputy out of the way in an effort to get on the court.

NBC's Bay Area affiliate first reported that a deputy with Alameda County Sheriff's Office was pushed and allegedly struck in the face by a Raptors executive as the team was celebrating the win, and said witnesses identified the man as Masai Ujiri, Raptors president of basketball operations.

According to the Sheriff's deputy, Ujiri was attempting to get on the court without credentials in order to join the Raptors' celebration.

Although an offer worth $10 million annually would place Ujiri among the league's highest-paid executives, The Athletic previously reported that Ujiri's decision likely would not come down to money.

Ujiri was hired by the Raptors in 2013 as general manager. @ACSOSheriffs say he hit a deputy in the face.

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One of the reasons the public "feels alienated" from politicians is because "we are muffling and veiling our language", he added. At his launch event, Mr Johnson had to fend off a series of reporters' questions about his past character and record in office.

Ujiri appears to be holding what may be his credential in his right hand; another video showing Ujiri waiting in the tunnel before the incident also appears to show him holding the credential, USA Today reports.

Response online to Noceda's post of the video online immediately became racially charged, with several responders assuming the deputy's actions were racially motivated.

NBC Sports Washington previously reported the Wizards' interest in Ujiri and Thursday night, ESPN reported the team was planning an offer of almost $10 million a year.

"We would expect more from a team president".

"It's such an incredible city, sports city, whether you're talking about us or the [Maple] Leafs or the Blue Jays or [Toronto FC], it's a great sports city and there's room for everybody", Ujiri said May 29. But most weren't so willing to give a white officer the benefit of the doubt.

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