Masai Ujiri has been accused of shoving and striking an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy during an altercation at Oracle Arena after Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office issued the following statement:
“Mr. Ujiri was unknown to the deputy at that time. He [the deputy] asked him for a credential. He shoved the deputy out of the way and walked toward the court. The deputy pushed back. The president came forward more with a more significant push and ended up striking the deputy in the face.”
That does not sound good for the Raptors GM, but that doesn’t seem to be the full story. everal witnesses have come to the defense of the Toronto Raptors’ general manager, with a guy named Greg Wiener, a Warriors season ticket holder, disputing the sheriff’s claim, according to Rob Gillies of the AP:
“Wiener said he read the what police are saying about Masai and said he felt he had to speak out.
“I read it saying ‘Wait the cops are not telling the truth.’ This looks like somebody trying to embellish what happened to protect what they did, what the policeman did.”
Video has already surfaced showing Ujiri had his credentials in hand the whole time.
Kyle Lowry could be seen pulling the President away from the altercation.
This went from looking bad on Ujiri to looking incredibly terrible for the officers involved.