Masai Ujiri Is Being Sued By A Police Officer Over His Alleged NBA Championship Assault
The officer is claiming Ujiri damaged his nervous system.
It would appear that one of Masai Ujiri's most infamous legal troubles is making a comeback. The Raptors president now faces a lawsuit over his alleged assault of an Alameda County officer. Ujiri, who was accused of attacking security guard Alan Strickland during the NBA Finals last year, had previously over the incident. However, it appears the matter is far from being settled.
According to the Toronto Star, Strickland's lawsuit claims that the 49-year-old "hit him in the face and chest with both fists" during the alleged altercation. The assault is said to have taken place at the Oracle Arena on June 13, 2019.
The incident occurred moments after theand were crowned champions.
Ujiri was reportedly attempting to make his way onto the court to celebrate with his team when Strickland stopped him.
A video appearing to show the aftermath of the incident later surfaced online.
In the clip, Kyle Lowry can be seen grabbing a visibly distraught Ujiri from the sidelines before the pair step onto the court together. Lowry can be also be heard saying, "we're over here" at the end of the footage.
According to Courthouse News Service, Strickland is claiming that he has been left with "injuries to his nervous system that will result in permanent disability."
"As a direct and proximate result of Defendants conduct, Plaintiff suffered injury to his body, health, strength, activity, and person, all of which have caused and continue to cause Plaintiff great mental, emotional, psychological, physical, and nervous pain and suffering," the complaint states.
Strickland has also filed a lawsuit against Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment for failing to ensure his safety.
"At all times relevant herein, Defendants, each of which are vicariously liable for the harm Plaintiff suffered resulting from the conduct of each other Defendant, had actual knowledge and/or should have known of Masai Ujiri's violent predisposition and propensity for physical violence prior to his assault on Plaintiff Alan Strickland," it added.
However, despite the lawsuit, Ujiri has still remained to show his support for the Toronto Raptors.
, the president spoke out about how much he loved the 6ix, stating, "For me, it's been a great city. People have been unbelievable to me and I appreciate that. I love that about the city, the organization, ownership."
"There's something special, unique. It's a huge challenge for me to come here and to win. I want to prove to everybody that you know what, we can win too. And to have that following behind us, for me is truly special."