June 18, 2019 3:46 pm
Updated: June 19, 2019 2:43 am

Deputy claims to have concussion after altercation with Raptors’ Masai Ujiri

WATCH: Sgt. J.D. Nelson with the Alameda Sheriff's Office said Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri was involved in an altercation with an officer after he was denied entry onto the court after the team clinched the NBA title.


An attorney for a deputy involved in an altercation with Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri as he tried to join his team on the court to celebrate their NBA championship said his client suffered a concussion and is on medical leave.

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Attorney David Mastagni said Tuesday the 20-year-veteran of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has a jaw injury and is considering filing a lawsuit.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly says the deputy was checking court-access credentials after the game Thursday in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors when Raptors President Masai Ujiri shoved the deputy and Ujiri’s arm struck him in the side of the head.

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Kelly says investigators are questioning witnesses and the office hopes to file a report to prosecutors recommending a misdemeanour battery charge against Ujiri.

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The team said last week it was co-operating with the investigation and gathering information on its own. It had no further comment Tuesday.

The name of the deputy has not been released.

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