Body camera footage shows deputy sheriff pushing Masai Ujiri (UPDATE)

UPDATE 8/20, 4:20 p.m. ET: The Toronto Raptors released Masai Ujiri’s official statement on Instagram.

“Thank you to everyone who expressed their disappointment and concern with the recently released video,” the statement read. “My family and I are deeply grateful for your care and consideration. The video sadly shows how horribly I was treated by a law enforcement officer last year in the midst of my team, the Raptors of Toronto winning their first World Championship It was an exhilarating time of accomplishment for our organization, for our players, for our city, for our country and for me personally, given my long professional career in the NBA. . “

Ujiri then aimed at the officer who pushed him aside, claiming that the only reason he was assaulted was the color of his skin. He also pointed out his privilege as the only reason he got justice.

“What saddens me the most about this ordeal is that the only reason I’m getting the justice I deserve right now is because of my success,” he explained. “Because I am the president of an NBA team, I have had access to resources that have enabled me to demand and fight for my justice. So many of my siblings have not had, no “Don’t have and will not have the same access to the resources that brought justice to me. And that’s why Black Lives Matter. And that’s why it’s important for all of us to keep asking for justice. Justice for George. Justice. Justice for Breonna Justice for Elijah Justice for far too many black lives that mattered And justice for black people around the world who need our voice and our compassion to save their lives These are the bonds that bind us together.

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Body camera footage of the Oracle Arena incident between Toronto Raptors President of basketball operations Masai Ujiri and Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Strickland in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals have been released, KTVU FOX 2 reports.

After the game ends, the Raptors win the NBA championship against Golden State Warriors, Ujiri began to take to the field to celebrate with his team. It was then thto, as can be seen in the video footage below, Ujiri was physically blocked by Strickland and jostled twice.

Lawyers representing Ujiri said the clip illustrated that Strickland was “unmistakably the original aggressor.”

A spokesperson for the Raptors organization issued a statement following the release of the footage and wrote that the allegations against Ujiri were “without merit and entirely without merit”. The spokesperson continued, “We believe this video evidence shows exactly that: Masai was not an assailant, but rather was the recipient of two very violent and unwarranted actions.”

Following the incident, which took place on June 13, 2019, Strickland filed a federal complaint in February, claiming he was repeatedly injured by Ujiri pushing him. The Raptors, Maple Leaf Entertainment and the NBA were also named in the lawsuit. Strickland, who had previously been arrested and convicted of fraud, also alleged that Ujiri had a “predisposition to violence”.

‘Mr Strickland used unnecessary and excessive force’, Ujiri team counterclaim mentionned. “There was no reason to view Mr. Ujiri as a threat to anyone and no reason for Mr. Strickland to insult Mr. Ujiri and forcefully push him as many witnesses observed.”

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