Ujiri incident with deputy under investigation


The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday it is investigating Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri on suspicion of misdemeanor battery on a police officer.

The incident occurred Thursday night on the floor at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, after the Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA title and Ujiri tried to join the team on the floor. He was stopped by a deputy. NBC Bay Area posted video of the incident late Thursday night showing the aftermath, but it does not show what happened first.

The sheriff’s office is gathering information on what occurred, talking to witnesses and members of the security teams as well as gathering available video, Sgt. Ray Kelly said Friday.

Kelly said the sheriff’s office has spoken with the NBA and the league is aware of the investigation, but the sheriff’s office has not yet spoken to the Raptors or Ujiri.

The investigation should be wrapped up by next week, Kelly said.

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