Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Deputy 'Pushed, Struck In Face' By Raptors President; Online Response Turns Racial

Deputy 'Pushed, Struck In Face' By Raptors President; Online Response Turns Racial

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday morning that they will pursue a misdemeanor complaint against Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri for the battery of a police officer after an altercation following Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, according to USA TODAY Sports.

Kelly says the deputy pushed back and the executive pushed again and "struck our deputy in the face".

"Our deputy pushed the man back and told him he couldn't go onto the court", Kelly alleged.

"He had no credential displayed, and our deputy asked for his credential", Sgt. Ray Kelly said. Ujiri, they say, failed to show them the required credential.

He says several bystanders intervened and Ujiri ultimately got onto the court without displaying any credentials. The case will be submitted to the county district attorney's office for a review of charges, he said.

Kelly told the Chronicle no arrest was made following the incident, but the sheriff's department and Oakland police are conducting a follow-up investigation.

Video published by NBC Bay Area's Kristofer Noceda shows Ujiri appear to shove an officer, which results in a chaotic moment where a man, who presumably works with the team, attempts to keep the officers from taking action against Ujiri. The officer tried to stop Ujiri from entering the court, as he did not have the proper credentials. The outlet notes, however, that National Basketball Association rules specify that "only personnel with specially designated gold armbands were allowed on the court after the conclusion of the game, and it's unclear if Ujiri was wearing one or had one in his possession".

"We would expect more from a team president".

Asked about the appearance of a well-known executive being held back from celebrating a historic win with the team he built, Kelly said optics were of no concern.

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