Sheriff’s workplace disputes video proof of Raptors’ Masai Ujiri being provoked by deputy

Regardless of bodycam footage launched Tuesday night time seeming to point Raptors president Masai Ujiri was pushed twice by an Alameda County (Calif.) sheriff’s deputy with out provocation in June 2019, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Workplace doubled down on its declare that Ujiri began the altercation at Oracle Enviornment following Sport 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

“We 100 % stand by [the] unique assertion that was launched that Mr. Ujiri is the aggressor on this incident,” the division advised CP24 on Wednesday. “Do not be fast to evaluate based mostly off of what attorneys are saying.”

The deputy, Alan Strickland, sued Ujiri in February claiming the manager was answerable for assault, battery and emotional misery. Ujiri has since filed a countersuit alleging Strickland’s submitting included false statements. 

As a part of the countersuit, Ujiri’s lawyer’s launched the next bodycam footage:

Masai Ujiri’s authorized staff has launched physique digital camera footage of his encounter with a safety employee at Oracle Enviornment after the Raptors gained the NBA championship.

— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) August 19, 2020

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The Raptors, who’ve backed Ujiri all through the authorized course of, reacted to the video with condemnation of Strickland and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Workplace.

“Masai was not an aggressor, however as an alternative was the recipient of two very violent, unwarranted actions,” the Raptors stated in an announcement.

Raptors gamers Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell additionally spoke in help of Ujiri after the staff’s playoff victory over the Nets on Wednesday. Each gamers stated all the staff watched the video.

“We trip with Masai and all of us have his again,” VanVleet stated, in response to quotes supplied by the Raptors. “We had it from Day 1, nevertheless it’s simply loopy to see how issues work. “It is unlucky. I feel that is why all of us are in a scenario now preventing [against] social injustice and [for] equality since you see how rapidly issues can get ugly simply by anyone’s phrase or one dangerous cop or a bunch of dangerous cops. The system is form of crooked. It is simply not designed for us, so it is powerful. It is powerful.”

“I’m glad there was a physique cam to indicate what really went down,” Powell stated. “There have been a whole lot of totally different tales happening saying that Masai was the aggressor within the scenario. I’m glad that we had been in a position to get to the actual backside line so all people can see what actually occurred. Nevertheless it’s precisely what we’re preventing for, for justice to be served for these cops who’re taking the legislation somewhat bit into their very own arms unnecessarily.”

Strickland’s lawsuit seeks $75,000 in damages. Ujiri’s counterclaim seeks “nominal and punitive damages” and lawyer’s charges, in response to his attorneys.

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