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DA won't charge Raptors exec Masai Ujiri over alleged NBA Finals altercation

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DA won't charge Raptors exec Masai Ujiri over alleged NBA Finals altercation

Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri will not face criminal charges over an alleged altercation with an Alameda County sheriff's deputy during the NBA Finals, the District Attorney's office told NBC Bay Area in a statement Tuesday.

The sheriff's office alleged that Ujiri struck and pushed a deputy as the Raptors executive tried to gain access to the Oracle Arena floor following Game 6 of the NBA Finals on June 13. The district attorney's office received incident reports from the Alameda County Sheriff and Oakland Police Department in late July, conducting "additional investigation and witness interviews" until Sept. 1, a spokesperson from the district attorney's office said in a statement.

Ujiri, his attorneys and Assistant District Attorney Terry Wiley met Monday, focusing "on matters that we believe merited constructive, structured mediation and conflict resolution and were better handled in a setting outside of the courtroom."

In June, the sheriff's office admitted Ujiri showed his NBA identification before trying to get on the Oracle Arena floor following the Raptors' Finals win but told The Globe and Mail in June that Ujiri didn't have necessary credentials to get on the court. The sheriff's office shared still images with The Globe that showed there was an altercation, though they did not allow the paper to publish the images. Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern told KPIX-TV in June that he would recommend Ujiri face a charge of misdemeanor battery of an officer.

In Tuesday's statement, a district attorney's office spokesperson said "[there] will be no further action taken" against Ujiri.

Why Mychal Thompson was nervous for Klay's first game vs. Kobe Bryant

Why Mychal Thompson was nervous for Klay's first game vs. Kobe Bryant

Klay Thompson is just about the most cool, calm, collected player in the NBA. He never gets rattled and he's never nervous.

But Klay's dad Mychal is a different story.

The elder Thompson posted a photo on Twitter on Monday from Klay's very first game against Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, and he revealed that he was nervous to watch his son face his idol.

Mychal said he was nervous because of the way Kobe treated rookies he faced. In that game, on Jan. 6, 2012, Bryant 39 points, seven assists and four rebounds in the Lakers' 97-90 win over the Warriors.

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Klay, in just his seventh career game, scored 14 points off the bench.

Born in Los Angeles, Klay grew up worshipping the late Bryant. Just this week, the Warriors star stopped by Staples Center to pay his respects to Bryant and his daughter Gigi, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

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Based on the photo of Klay guarding Kobe eight years ago, it doesn't look like the 2011 No. 11 overall draft pick was nervous at all.

Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry isn't able to peacefully protest in Orlando, Fla., but he's proud of what his NBA peers are doing with their platform.

Throughout the NBA restart at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, entire teams have taken a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial and social injustices. Players are wearing social justice messages on their uniforms. They are using their Zoom conference calls with reporters to call for equality and for the Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor to be arrested.

In particular, United States President Donald Trump has taken exception to NBA players kneeling during the national anthem, stating that he's turning off games because of the action.

But Curry believes if NBA players are angering President Trump, their message is the right one.

“My barometer is always, if the current president is upset about something that somebody’s speaking out on, then you’re probably saying the right thing," Curry told The New York Times' Marc Stein on Monday. "Whether they’ve knelt, or sacrificed an interview to talk about Breonna Taylor, or whatever’s important, they’re talking about it and they’re backing it up with action.”

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James spoke to reporters last week about President Trump turning off NBA games because players are kneeling.

"I really don't think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game," James said last Wednesday. "And that's all I got to say."

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Curry, LeBron and the rest of the NBA community understand what they are trying to accomplish with their actions and words. They are making a push for justice and equality in society. They are not concerned with President Trump's opposition.

And as Curry indicated, if the current president opposed what they are doing, they should keep doing what they are doing.