Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri is being investigated by the Sheriff & # 39; s Office in Alameda County (California) after allegedly pushing an officer while attempting to walk to the Oracle Arena floor to get the NBA Finals victory over his team to celebrate the Golden State Warriors on Thursday evening.
As NBC Bay Area first reported, witnesses claim that a person they identified as Ujiri, 48, twice pushed a police officer and slapped him in the face at some point.
No charges were filed and Ujiri was not named as a suspect, but a police spokesperson said so The San Francisco Chronicle that the department carries out a follow-up investigation.
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As NBC Bay Area first reported, witnesses claim that a person they identified as Masai Ujiri (dark gray color) twice pushed a police officer and hit him in the face at some point. Video of the immediate aftermath of the incident does not show that Ujiri has had physical contact with the police, but a man can be desperately seen, preventing an officer from coming to the President of Raptors. It is not clear who that man is, but he seemed to be wearing a reference
Ujiri is congratulated by his counterpart, Warriors President Bob Myers, after Thursday's victory
Video of the immediate aftermath of the incident does not show that Ujiri has had physical contact with the police, but a man can be desperately seen, preventing an officer from coming to the President of Raptors. It is not clear who that man is, but he seemed to be wearing a reference.
According to the NBC Bay Area, the incident is being investigated as a criminal battery of an officer and is being investigated by both the Sheriff & # 39; s Office of the Alameda County and the Oakland Police Department.
Sgt. Ray Kelly told The Chronicle that an executive director of Raptors, whom he did not identify, tried to gain access to the court but was refused by an assistant sheriff because he did not have the correct papers.
Ujiri, born in England, grew up in Nigeria and eventually came to the United States to play high school and collegiate basketball
& # 39; (The substitute) did not know who the man was and asked for the credentials, and that is when he tried to pass our substitute, and our assistant sheriff pushed him back, and there was another push that went up to our substitute in the face, & Kelly said. & # 39; At that time, several bystanders intervened and the management finally returned to the court without having credentials. & # 39;
After the meeting, the deputy heard that the man was Raptors President Masai Ujiri, Kelly said.
Ujiri finally landed for after-game festivities, interviews, and photos.
& # 39; It's not like we were going after him, & # 39; Kelly said. & # 39; He had the right to be there, but he did not follow the reference policy. & # 39;
A Raptors spokesperson did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail's request for comment.
The investigation is expected to be completed next week, Kelly said.
Part of the promotion was recorded by Ben Baller, a local jeweler who claims to have seen everything
A jeweler known as Ben Baller tweeted about the altercation.
& # 39; The GM of the Birds of Prey has just pushed a sheriff here who was fully dressed in tactical equipment, & # 39; tweeted Ben Baller and mistakenly referred to Ujiri as the team's general manager. & # 39; I have never seen such a crazy, daring motion like this. The officer stepped back and shook weakly. I mean push if f *** your mommy push. Wow !!!! & # 39;
Ujiri is known as fiery and spontaneous.
During a rally before a playoff match against the Brooklyn Nets in 2014, Ujiri called & # 39; f *** Brooklyn & # 39; in a microphone for Raptors fans.
Ujiri, born in England, grew up in Nigeria and eventually came to the United States to play high school and collegiate basketball.
After six years of playing in Europe, Ujiri was hired by Denver Nuggets, the lead performer Kiki Vandeweghe as an international explorer. He then continued with a brief period as assistant general manager of the Raptors before returning to Denver as general manager and eventually winning the NBA Executive of the Year in 2013.
Ujiri then became the general manager of the Raptors in 2013 and was quickly promoted to president.
And now that the Raptors team he built has won his first NBA title, it is expected that Ujiri will see even more vacancies.
According to ESPN, the struggling Washington Wizards prepare an offer that Ujiri would pay at least $ 10 million annually.
Ujiri finally landed for after-game festivities, interviews, and photos
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