Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri celebrates with players after the team defeated the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA Finals on June 13, 2019.

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Raptors Executive May Be Charged For Altercation With Deputy At NBA Finals

Tim Ryan
June 14, 2019 - 9:47 am

Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri may face criminal charges for scuffling with an Alameda County sheriff's deputy on the court of Oracle Arena as his team celebrated winning the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. 

Ujiri pushed and possibly struck a deputy in the face when the officer stopped the team executive from accessing the basketball court on Thursday night, according to Alameda County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Ray Kelly. The deputy blocked Ujiri because he was not wearing the necessary credentials to be on the floor, Kelly said. 

"The manager's arm went up and struck our deputy in the face," said Kelly, who added that it might have been accidental. "Luckily, it didn't escalate further then it did. But at the same time, we're not going to sit there and allow someone to go and push a police officer because they're not following the policies of the NBA."

Video surveillance and other evidence will be sent to the district attorney's office. The sheriff's office may recommend a misdemeanor charge of assault on a police officer. 

Ujiri was not arrested after the incident and the team has not issued a statement about the incident.