Oakland police now confirm an officer pushed Masai Ujuri
Sgt. Ray Kelly, the Alameda Country Sheriff's Office spokesperson, said Ujiri presented his credentials in a “very threatening way,” which led the officer to push him because his personal space was violated.
Oakland cop: Masai Ujiri didn't produce a credential and struck our officer— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) June 14, 2019
Masai Ujiri: Quite literally holding his credential during videotaped incident in question and seconds later on the court pic.twitter.com/xtJIb0GZaw
Originally, after the altercation took place, Kelly said Ujiri had no credentials.
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#BREAKING: Sheriff's deputy reportedly pushed and struck in the face by a man believed to be a Toronto Raptors executive after Game 6 of the #NBAFinals at Oracle Arena, @ACSOSheriffs says. https://t.co/fobdK9iWEq pic.twitter.com/a4X0IysY5Z— Kristofer Noceda (@krisnoceda) June 14, 2019
Kelly said Ujiri was holding credentials, but not the correct court access credentials – a purple badge and gold armband.
He also claimed Oracle Arena footage captured the Raptors president striking the deputy in the face with "two fists."
Multiple witnesses who were 10-feet away from the altercation said Ujiri and the officer shoved one another, but no fists were involved.
The deputy involved in the altercation is considering suing Ujiri and claimed he is on medical leave suffering from a concussion.
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