Published: Wed, February 12, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Oakland, Calif., cop sues Raptors president over alleged shove

Oakland, Calif., cop sues Raptors president over alleged shove

The incident occurred June 13, after the Raptors won their first-ever title after taking Game 6 of the National Basketball Association finals.

The civil suit was filed Friday in Alameda County and, in addition to Ujiri, names the Toronto Raptors, MLSE and the National Basketball Association as defendants.

The sheriff's deputy reported being pushed and hit in the face by Ujiri, causing a concussion and an injury to his jaw that forced him to miss work, his attorney said at the time.

"As a result of the subject incident, plaintiff Alan Strickland 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", according to the lawsuit filed Friday.

Strickland has also filed a lawsuit against Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment for failing to ensure his safety. Ujiri tried to go out onto the court to celebrate with his team, but the sheriff's deputy stopped him because he didn't provide the proper on-court credentials.

Several witnesses ultimately separated the two men and Ujiri managed to get on the court without showing his credentials.

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According to the report, the lawsuit states that Ujiri's alleged actions were "foreseeable" based on "previous altercations involving similar circumstances".

The Globe and Mail viewed still images derived from footage captured by the deputy's body camera and security video at Oracle Arena showing Ujiri with his arms raised straight in front of him toward the deputy.

The Raptors, team owner Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and the National Basketball Association were also named as defendants in the lawsuit.

California lawyer Robert Beles, who represented Ujiri in the criminal investigation, denied Monday that the Raptors president had a history of behaving violently at games.

In October, a spokesperson for the Alameda District Attorney said no charges would be filed against Ujiri stemming from the incident, although Ujiri did attend a meeting with the district attorney "focused on matters that we believe merited constructive, structured mediation and conflict resolution and were better handled in a setting outside of the courtroom", a spokesperson for the Alameda District Attorney told the San Jose Mercury News.

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