USA’s National Basketball Association (NBA) defending champions, Toronto Raptors’ president, Masai Ujiri has hired a reputable lawyer to help him argue a case of assault brought against him by a security personnel, over a scuffle the Nigerian ex-international was involved in during last June’s Finals against Golden State Warriors.
Megasportsarena.com gathered that, although Ujiri’s team went on to win the NBA Finals for the first time ever, also becoming the first club outside America to take the trophy up north, to their base in Canada, the general-manager-turned-president allegedly went overboard with his court side antics.
Ujiri was said to have become unduly wild in the tension leading up to The Raptors’ historic win, and a law enforcement officer in California is now suing him over a scuffle following the success, as the side from Toronto won their first title at Oracle Arena in Oakland on June 13, 2019.
The scuffle ensued when Ujiri went onto the court to join his celebrating team, whose officials are standing by the Nigerian administrator, but Alameda County sheriff’s deputy, Alan Strickland claimed in a federal lawsuit that he was assaulted while carrying out his lawful duties.
Strickland alleged that he was brushed aside after he stopped Ujiri because The Raptors’ top shot did not provide proper credentials, leading to a shoving incident that was partially captured on video.
The law officer further alleged that Ujiri hit him in the face and chest with both fists, then tried to go around him and repeatedly ignored orders to stop, with an additional charge that he had to act after NBA officials had told security personnel someone had recently gained access to the basketball court with fake credentials and they did not want this security breach to occur again.
The lawsuit further claims Strickland suffered physical, mental, emotional and economic injuries, including lost wages, lost opportunity for financial gain and future earning capacity, while also citing past and future medical attention and expenses incurred, with his wife as a plaintiff.
The suit seeks $75,000 (£58,000) in damages, as Strickland also reported suffering a concussion and an injury to his jaw that forced him to miss work, with a declaration that he has been out on medical leave since the scuffle.
Independent sources noted that the allegation are an offshoot of a similar scenario in October, when prosecutors decided not to file charges against Ujiri, after he attended a meeting with the sheriff’s and district attorney officials, but the president’s club are backing him all the way, as The Raptors pointed out in a statement that Strickland’s claims are baseless and without merit.
Ujiri’s club formally stated in part: ‘”The Toronto Raptors and Masai have jointly retained very able counsel who will be handling this matter on our behalf and consequently, we do not intend to make any further statement about it.”