Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

California sheriff: Raptors exec pushed, struck deputy

California sheriff: Raptors exec pushed, struck deputy

The champagne isn't dry on the Raptors' NBA title and the Wizards are preparing to offer Toronto president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri a massive deal that could pay him close to $10 million a year with an opportunity for an ownership stake in the team, ESPN reported late Thursday, citing unidentified league sources.

Ujiri didn't have the credentials on him, Kelly said, adding that the former National Basketball Association executive of the year then allegedly pushed the deputy out of the way in an effort to get on the court. At that point our deputy tried to stop him and pushed him backward and then Mr. Ujiri came back with a second shove, a more significant push that, with his forward momentum, his arm struck our deputy in the face.

The officer had denied the executive access to the court "because he didn't have the proper credentials" a spokesperson for the sheriff's office told the San Francisco Chronicle after the game.

A video posted to Twitter by NBC appears to show the moments after the alleged altercation. Ray Kelly with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said. "We are working with the Oakland Police Department to file a report and contact witnesses and review video".

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Kelly said that rather than arrest Ujiri on worldwide television, the department made a decision to take the "high road" and file a misdemeanour complaint to local prosecutors.

Ujiri was hired by the Raptors in 2013 as general manager.

"Mr. Ujiri was unknown to the deputy at that time. No doubt they laid hands first, and I bet it was because they could never fathom a black man was the president of a team", wrote one responder. "Switch it up tho, say he's just some rando in a suit and gets into it with, or assaults, a player out there and then cop says 'oh I saw him but he said he was the team prez and had a nice suit on so I let him through.' Then where we at?"

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