Report: Sheriff’s department pursuing misdemeanor charge against Masai Ujiri over altercation with police following Game 6

Masai Ujiri's actions while trying to get onto the court at Oracle Arena moments after Toronto's championship on Thursday may leave a black eye on the special night. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Raptors president Masai Ujiri was reportedly involved in an altercation with a sheriff’s deputy moments after Toronto defeated the Golden State Warriors for its first NBA championship in franchise history.

According to Dam Wolken of USA Today Sports, the Alameda County Sheriff’s office is reportedly pursuing a misdemeanor charge against Ujiri for simple battery of a police officer.

Following the Raptors’ 114-110 win in Game 6, Ujiri reportedly pushed back and struck the officer “in the face” while trying to get onto the floor shortly after the final buzzer sounded at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.

The report says the deputy denied the Raptors executive access to the floor because “he didn’t have proper credentials.”

A video published by NBC Bay Area shows Ujiri involved in what appears to be an altercation with an officer or security personnel.

The clip shows Ujiri and an officer being separated during an argument near the court. Ujiri eventually makes his way to the floor where he’s grabbed and hugged by Kyle Lowry, the Raptors’ longest-tenured player.

"We are working with the Oakland Police Department to file a report and contact witnesses and review video" said Sgt. Ray Kelly, the Alameda Country Sheriff's Office spokesman, according to Complex.

Kelly also shared a recap the deputy's story with the the San Francisco Chronicle.

“(The deputy) did not know who the man was and asked for the credential, and that’s when he tried to push past our deputy, and our deputy pushed him back, and there was another push that kind of moved up and struck our deputy in the face,” Kelly said. “At that point, several bystanders intervened and the executive did ultimately get back onto the court without displaying credentials.”

Neither the Raptors nor the NBA have commented on the matter.

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