The truth…it cannot be suppressed. It always finds its way of coming to light. A San Francisco Bay Deputy(Alan Strickland) and his department is getting some unwanted light shining on them over that debacle with Raptors’ President, Masai Ujiri as the 2019 NBA Finals wrapped. Video surfaced of Ujiri shoving his way past Strickland as he made his way onto the NBA court to celebrate with his Raptors upon them winning their first NBA championship.
Strickland, and his San Francisco police department superiors solely placed Ujiri in the wrong with a beginning to end occurrence with Ujiri. Charges were requested against Ujiri, but after months of this consideration- the thought was dropped against the Raptors’ president. Strickland for his part reportedly went so far in seeking a lawsuit against Ujiri, claiming he was injured by the Raptors president shoving him. The case which is in court sees Ujiri presenting his case in a counter-suit against the deputy.
Video evidence of all that went down is set as Ujiri’s bread and butter in winning the case against the deputy. Its said to display deputy Strickland as the aggressor, not Ujiri as originally stated. Here is the sticky part though. Would a court let Ujiri off clean for striking an officer even if that officer was aggressive with him ?
New body camera footage(below) off the officer’s body shows the officer was in the wrong in the handling of Ujiri. Only NBA personnel with correct credentials during the NBA Finals are granted access to the NBA court. Despite Ujiri taking out his credentials to show Deputy Strickland….he was pushed several times, and told to back the f**k up. Ujiri in shock can be heard telling Strickland with his credentials in hand that he is the president of the Raptors. Again, Strickland could care less, and ended up shoving the Raptors’ president again like an insignificant patron. In support of Ujiri- the Toronto Raptors released this statement:
“We are mindful this remains before the courts, but we have always maintained that the claims made against Masai are baseless and entirely without merit,” it reads. “We believe this video evidence shows exactly that — Masai was not an aggressor, but instead was the recipient of two very violent, unwarranted actions.”
The legal team of Raptors president of basketball ops Masai Ujiri has released body camera footage of his encounter with Alan Strickland, a security worker at Oracle Arena, after the NBA championship.
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— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) August 19, 2020