Masai Ujiri, the president of basketball operations and common supervisor of the Toronto Raptors, is also charged with attack after an altercation with a California sheriff’s deputy overdue Thursday, in a while after his crew gained Recreation 6 of the N.B.A. finals, the government stated on Friday.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Administrative center stated that it will pursue misdemeanor attack fees in opposition to Mr. Ujiri, one of the crucial N.B.A.’s maximum celebrated front-office executives.
The incident is claimed to have took place at Oracle Area in Oakland, Calif., moments after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors to provide Canada its first N.B.A. championship.
Mr. Ujiri made his technique to the court docket to sign up for the celebrating crew, however an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy stopped him as a result of he didn’t have the right kind credentials, stated Sgt. Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the sheriff’s workplace.
The deputy was once no longer mindful that Mr. Ujiri was once a high-ranking crew government till after the altercation, Sergeant Kelly stated.
The sheriff’s workplace stated that Mr. Ujiri attempted to push the deputy out of the best way. After a number of shoves backward and forward, Mr. Ujiri struck the deputy’s face, in line with Sergeant Kelly.
At that time, a number of others pulled Mr. Ujiri clear of the deputy and onto the court docket.
Newshounds posted videos that stuck the top of the incident, appearing a person pleading with deputies to permit Mr. Ujiri to move.
Mr. Ujiri was once no longer arrested on the enviornment. “As a substitute of constructing a extra vital incident at this global postgame tournament, we determined to take the excessive street and stop and desist,” Sergeant Kelly stated.
“What we’re now doing is compiling witness statements and video frame cam proof to put up to the D.A. subsequent week for overview,” he added. “It’s as much as the D.A. to record fees for misdemeanor attack on a police officer.”
Greg Wiener, a 61-year-old Warriors fan and season price tag holder, told The Associated Press that he witnessed the encounter and did not see Mr. Ujiri strike the deputy in the face. Mr. Wiener said the deputy did not ask for credentials before putting his hand on Mr. Ujiri’s chest and pushing him, at which point Mr. Ujiri shoved back before bystanders intervened, The A.P. reported.
Sergeant Kelly said that security had been heightened because it was the Warriors’ last game at Oracle Arena before the team moves to San Francisco.
“We were told by the N.B.A. and security officials to strictly enforce the credential policy,” Sergeant Kelly said.
The Raptors’ path to the championship was largely orchestrated by Mr. Ujiri, who is Nigerian and one of the few black general managers in a league dominated by black players but largely controlled by white team owners and front-office executives. Mr. Ujiri won the N.B.A.’s executive of the year award in 2013 when he was with the Denver Nuggets.
“We are in contact with the Raptors and local authorities and in the process of gathering more information,” Michael Bass, an N.B.A. spokesman, said on Friday.
The Raptors said in a statement that the team was cooperating with the authorities and also looking into the matter, The Associated Press reported. The Oakland Police Department said it was also investigating the matter.