Raps GM Masai Ujiri Curses Before Team’s Playoff Opener (Video)
Last year, before the Toronto Raptors’ playoff opener against the Brooklyn Nets, Raps GM Masai Ujiri got up on stage in front of a raucous crowd outside the Air Canada Centre—in the area they now call “Jurassic Park”—and yelled the words “F*&k You Brooklyn!” over the microphone.
Ujiri was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his actions, but that didn’t stop him from unleashing another expletive-filled rant prior to the Raptors’ latest playoff opener.
It all started earlier in the week, when the Washington Wizards’ Paul Pierce was asked by a reporter to discuss his thoughts about playing the Raptors in the first round of the NBA playoffs this season. Here’s what the 37-year-old future Hall of Famer had to say, via ESPN:
“We haven’t done particularly well against Toronto, but I don’t feel they have the ‘it’ that makes you worried,” Pierce said. “There isn’t a team I look at in the Eastern Conference that makes me say, ‘They are intimidating; we don’t have a chance.'”
Pierce kind of has a point, as the Toronto Raptors have won just one playoff series in the franchise’s 20-year history. But that doesn’t mean Masai Ujiri wants to hear about it. So he had this to say at the Raptors outdoor viewing party in Maple Leaf Square before Game 1 against the Wizards on Saturday:
“And I just wanted to say something about Paul Pierce. Here’s what I’m going to say: I don’t give a sh*t about it!”
And here’s the footage of Ujiri uttering those very words over the microphone:
According to the NBA, “sh*t” is worth $10,000 more than “f*&k,” so Ujiri was fined $35,000 for his latest playoff-opening rant.
Let’s hope this continues to be an annual thing.