Eyewitness says officer overreacted in Masai Ujiri incident

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Authorities say they are investigating whether Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri pushed and hit a sheriff's deputy in the face as he tried to get onto the court after his team won the National Basketball Association title in Oakland. Ray Kelly said. "Our deputy contacted Mr. Masai Ujiri as he attempted to walk onto the court".

"We can confirm our deputy was pushed and struck by a Raptors executive after he asked him for his credentials to go on the court at the end of the game", Sgt. In a statement Friday morning, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office confirmed that it is pursuing a misdemeanor complaint against the president of the Toronto Raptors.

A spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office says the deputy asked Ujiri for his credentials as the executive tried to take the court for the trophy presentation.

A video posted to Twitter by NBC appears to show the moments after the alleged altercation.

Footage shows the aftermath of a situation during which Ujiri is being separated from a law enforcement officer.

Kelly told the Chronicle no arrest was made following the incident, but the sheriff's department and Oakland police are conducting a follow-up investigation.

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Kelly said that rather than arrest Ujiri on global television, the department chose to take the "high road" and file a misdemeanour complaint to local prosecutors.

Criminalizing a Black man seems to be Police 101, and cops seemed to follow the script to a tee following the report that Ujiri was the victim.

"It's not like we were going to chase him down".

Ujiri, 48, has been with the Raptors since 2013.

"We would expect more from a team president".

That sounds pretty bad, but it may not be the final word on the story, as several witnesses have come to the defense of the Toronto Raptors' general manager.

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