The Alameda County Sheriff’s office is currently pursuing a misdemeanor charge against Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri for simple battery of a police officer, which stems from an altercation immediately after Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Ujiri allegedly pushed and struck a sheriff’s deputy in the face after he was denied access to the court and the team’s celebration due to a lack of correct credentials, police told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“[The deputy] did not know who the man was and asked for the credential, and that’s when he tried to push past our deputy, and our deputy pushed him back, and there was another push that moved up and struck our deputy in the face,” Sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly told the San Francisco Chronicle. “At that point, several bystanders intervened and the executive did ultimately get back onto the court without displaying credentials.
“It’s not like we were going to chase him down. He had a right to be there, but he didn’t follow the credential policy.”
Upon further review, Ujiri could be seen holding his credentials the entire time during the incident.
Here’s video proof:
“The incident is being looked at, and we are cooperating with authorities,” the Raptors said in a statement to TMZ on Friday. “We look forward to resolving the situation.”
Kyle Lowry could be seen coming over to get Ujiri after the incident.
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