Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri is being sued by the California police officer he scuffled with in the moments after his crew gained the NBA championship final June.
The conflict between Ujiri and the officer occurred moments after the ultimate buzzer as Ujiri rushed to the court docket to rejoice together with his crew. Authorities say Ujiri tried to stroll previous the officer, however the officer stopped him as a result of he did not see Ujiri’s on-court credentials, which led to the confrontation.
Video of the incident would not seize your complete sequence of occasions, however following a prolonged investigation the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office determined final October to not file any legal fees towards Ujiri.
That hasn’t stopped Alan Strickland, the deputy concerned in the incident, from submitting a lawsuit.
Strickland alleges in his lawsuit that Ujiri hit him in the face and chest with each fists.
Strickland additionally says in the lawsuit, filed final week in California, that he was bodily injured and has since suffered “extreme emotional and bodily misery” in consequence of what occurred. In the times following the incident, a lawyer representing Strickland mentioned Strickland suffered a concussion and jaw damage that compelled him to take medical go away.
Strickland can be suing the Raptors group, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the NBA, arguing that “they knew, or ought to have recognized” that Ujiri “had a violent predisposition and propensity for bodily violence.”
The lawsuit would not say how a lot Strickland is suing for, however notes it is greater than $75,000 US.
CBC News has contacted the Toronto Raptors group for remark.
In latest days, Ujiri has been travelling in Africa alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.