Stephen: Raptors president countersues security guard involved in scuffle
An NBA executive who was sued for allegedly assaulting a cop is countersuing now that video of the incident is telling a different story. ESPN reports that newly released footage shows that a San Francisco Bay Area sheriff’s deputy shoved Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri twice as he tried to join his team on the court at Oakland’s Oracle Arena following their Game 6 win in the 2019 NBA Finals over the Golden State Warriors. He also cursed at Ujiri repeatedly despite Ujiri identifying himself as a Raptors exec.
That deputy, Alan Strickland, had claimed that Ujiri hit him “in the face and chest with both fists” during the incident. He’s since sued Ujiri over claims he’s since “suffered injury to his body, health, strength, activity and person, all of which have caused and continue to cause Plaintiff great mental, emotional, psychological, physical, and nervous pain and suffering.”
Ujiri filed his countersuit against Strickland this past Tuesday, while the Raptors said in a statement, “The claims made against Masai are baseless and entirely without merit. We believe this video evidence shows exactly that – Masai was not an aggressor, but instead was the recipient of two very violent, unwarranted actions. The events of that evening cast a pall over what should have been a night of celebration.”
Check out the video of the encounter below. Warning: there is some NSFW languag
Masai Ujiri's legal team has released body camera footage of his encounter with a security worker at Oracle Arena after the Raptors won the NBA championship. pic.twitter.com/56XWMpZy0P
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