Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY
Published 6: 41 p.m. ET Aug. 20, 2020 | Up-to-the-minute 6: 49 p.m. ET Aug. 20, 2020
Sports activities Pulse: Raptors proprietor and Warriors security photographs presentations what in actuality took pronounce at some stage in altercation
Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri released a observation Thursday asserting that a 2019 altercation with a sheriff’s deputy — moments sooner than his workers gained the NBA Finals — turned into once racially motivated.
In his first public feedback since original video turned into once released Tuesday displaying the incident between Ujiri and Alameda County (Calif.) sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland, Ujiri thanked of us that “expressed disappointment and effort” over what is seen in the pictures.
“The video sadly demonstrates how horribly I turned into once treated by a law enforcement officer closing one year in the course of my workers, the Toronto Raptors, a hit its first world championship,” Ujiri said Thursday.
“… But, unfortunately, I turned into once reminded in that 2d that despite all of my labor and success, there are some of us, including of us that are intended to provide protection to us, who will continuously and handiest explore me as something that is unworthy of respectful engagement. And there’s handiest one indisputable the clarification why that is the case — because of I’m Dark.”
The video presentations the moments true after the Raptors clinched their first-ever NBA championship and entails body cam photographs, as neatly as security video. In it, Ujiri is seen strolling toward the sheriff’s deputy as he tries to be half of his workers to celebrate. Ujiri reaches into his swimsuit jacket to prove his workers credential when Strickland shoves Ujiri and yells at him to “again the (expletive) up.”
Ujiri then identifies himself as “the president of the Raptors” and makes an are attempting to prove his credential, but Strickland shoves him a 2d time. Ujiri then shoves Strickland sooner than diversified enviornment security intervenes and Ujiri is allowed onto the court.
The photographs turned into once released as half of a countersuit filed by Ujiri. Strickland filed a federal lawsuit in February alleging that Ujiri attacked him “and hit him in the face and chest with both fists.”
Strickland said in the lawsuit that he “suffered, and must always quiet continue to suffer, physical, mental, emotional, and financial injuries, including, but now not restricted to, lost wages, lost opportunity for monetary impress, future earning skill, and past and future hospital therapy and charges.”
In October, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Space of commercial launched it might perhaps most likely maybe now not press costs in opposition to Ujiri after Sheriff Greg Ahern at the foundation sought to tag him with battery of a peace officer.
“What saddens me most about this ordeal is that the handiest the clarification why I’m getting the justice I deserve in this 2d is because of of my success,” Ujiri continued in his observation. “On chronicle of I’m the president of an NBA workers, I had win entry to to resources that ensured I might maybe additionally expect and war for my justice. So many of my brothers and sisters haven’t had, don’t believe, and gained’t believe the identical win entry to to resources that assured my justice. And that’s why Dark Lives Matter.”
Contributing: Matt Eppers
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