Way back in June 2019, the Toronto Raptors had just won the NBA title over the Golden State Warriors and chaos erupted as an Oakland police officer demanded to see Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri on-court access credentials.
That led to some sort of an altercation that was somewhat caught on camera.
Fast forward to February 2020 and sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland is not only claiming struck him in the face and chest at Oracle Arena, but he is suing him as a result.
According to the report, the lawsuit states that Ujiri’s alleged actions were “foreseeable” based on “previous altercations involving similar circumstances.”
The Toronto Raptors, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the NBA were named in the suit for failing to warn the plaintiff of Ujiri’s “violent predisposition” and “propensity for physical violence prior to his assault on Strickland.”
“The suit, which seeks medical expenses, lost wages and other damages, also accuses the defendants of failing to “provide adequate safety and security to the public” and “failing to post signs warning of danger, including the danger of Masai Ujiri.”
Strickland said in the lawsuit that he “suffered, and will continue to suffer, physical, mental, emotional, and economic injuries, including, but not limited to, lost wages, lost opportunity for financial gain, future earning capacity, and past and future medical care and expenses.”