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Attorney says deputy in alleged Masai Ujiri altercation has concussion

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Attorney says deputy in alleged Masai Ujiri altercation has concussion

The deputy who the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri struck in the face is on medical leave after suffering a concussion, attorney David Mastagni told The Associated Press on Tuesday. 

Mastagni told KPIX on Monday that the deputy, whose name has not been released, also has "a serious jaw injury" as a result of the alleged altercation.

“The officer is off work, disabled and wants to go back to work,” Mastagni told the AP.

KPIX reported Monday that Mastagni is representing the officer. 

Officials say that Ujiri pushed and struck the deputy in the face during the waning moments of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. With Ujiri's Raptors set to celebrate their first championship, the deputy prevented Ujiri from reaching the court because he didn't display the proper credentials, Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office told NBC Sports Washington on Friday morning.

KPIX reported Monday that Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern "personally reviewed" footage from Oracle Arena's security cameras and the deputy's body camera, and he said he will recommend the district attorney charge Ujiri with misdemeanor battery of a police officer. Mastagni told multiple outlets that the deputy is considering filing a lawsuit against Ujiri. 

The Raptors said in a statement to NBC Sports Washington last week that the encounter "is being looked at, and we are cooperating with authorities. We look forward to resolving the situation." Warriors season-ticket holder Greg Wiener said he saw the incident, and he told the AP on Friday that Ujiri shoved, but did not strike the deputy after he "put his hand on Ujiri's chest and pushed him."

Wiener initially told the AP that the deputy did not mention that Ujiri lacked proper credentials, but recounted Tuesday “after thinking about it all weekend" that the officer shouted, "No one gets on the court without credentials.”

The 48-year-old Ujiri has run the Raptors' front office since 2013. The Washington Wizards are preparing to offer Ujiri their top job, and NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig reported the offer could include an ownership stake in the team and be worth up to $10 million per year.

Witness claims Raptors exec Masai Ujiri didn't strike sheriff's deputy

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Witness claims Raptors exec Masai Ujiri didn't strike sheriff's deputy

A Warriors season-ticket holder claimed to see Thursday night's encounter between Masai Ujiri and a sheriff's deputy at Oracle Arena, and said the Raptors president of basketball operations did not strike the deputy as the sheriff's office claimed.

Greg Wiener, 61, told The Associated Press on Friday that he stood next to the deputy during the waning moments of the Raptors' 114-110 win over the Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. Wiener told The AP that the deputy first "put his hand on Ujiri's chest and pushed him," and that "Ujiri shoved him back before bystanders intervened."

“The thing about the cops saying the policeman asked for his credentials, that didn’t happen," Wiener said. "There was no conversation at all. This part about striking him in the face, yeah that didn’t happen.”

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office told NBC Bay Area on Thursday that it was conducting an investigation along with the Oakland Police Department into an incident in which "a man believed to be a Toronto Raptors executive" pushed and struck a sheriff's deputy in the face on the Oracle Arena court. Sgt. Ray Kelly later identified the executive as Ujiri to NBC Sports Washington on Friday morning, telling the outlet that a deputy blocked Ujiri from reaching the court because he didn't display the proper credentials.

NBC Bay Area obtained video showing a man standing in between Ujiri and the deputies with his arms outstretched. Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry guided Ujiri through the crowd and on to the court to celebrate with the team.

Kelly said the deputies let Ujiri go once they realized who he was, but they are gathering evidence to submit to the district attorney. Deputies called the incident misdemeanor battery on an officer, according to NBC Bay Area. Ujiri has not yet been charged.

“The incident is being looked at, and we are cooperating with authorities," a Raptors spokesperson said to NBC Sports Washington on Friday. "We look forward to resolving the situation."

Ujiri, 48, has been the Raptors president since 2013. The Washington Wizards are preparing to offer Ujiri the top job in their front office, and NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig reported the offer could be worth $10 million annually and include an ownership stake in the team.

Officials: Raptors exec Masai Ujiri struck, pushed deputy at Oracle Arena

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Officials: Raptors exec Masai Ujiri struck, pushed deputy at Oracle Arena

Raptors president of operations Masai Ujiri allegedly struck and pushed a sheriff's deputy at Oracle Arena as he tried to gain access to the court to celebrate his team’s first NBA championship, Sgt. Ray Kelly with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office confirmed to NBC Sports Washington on Friday morning.

The sheriff’s office told NBC Bay Area on Thursday night that it, along with the Oakland Police Department, is investigating an incident in which "a man believed to be a Toronto Raptors executive" pushed and struck a sheriff's deputy in the face on the court at Oracle after Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Kelly declined to identify the executive, who was not arrested, when asked by The San Francisco Chronicle. However, he did confirm to NBC Sports Washington that it was Ujiri.

The sheriff's office considers the case to be misdemeanor battery on an officer.

Kelly told NBC Sports Washington that the sheriff's deputy blocked Ujiri from the court because the Raptors executive did not display the appropriate credentials. Kelly said the sheriff's deputy was following strict security protocol and didn't recognize Ujiri.

“The incident is being looked at, and we are cooperating with authorities. We look forward to resolving the situation," a Raptors spokesperson said to NBC Sports Washington.

A video of the incident from NBC Bay Area shows a man standing in between a Raptors executive and deputies, with his arms outstretched. Eventually, the executive is guided through the crowd to the court by Kyle Lowry and proceeds to celebrate with the team.

NBC Sports Bay Area's requests to sheriff's officials and the Raptors for comment weren't returned.

Kelly said once the sheriff's deputies realized who Ujiri was, they opted to let him go celebrate, but they are gathering evidence to submit a complaint to the district attorney over the incident.

NBC Bay Area broke news of the incident in the early morning hours after the Raptors beat the Warriors for the title.

Ujiri could be leaving the Raptors shortly after steering them to the championship. NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig reported that the Wizards are preparing to offer Ujiri the top job in their front office. That offer could include everything from an ownership stake in Monumental, or an eight-figure salary.