Things got a little out of hand in Oracle Arena last night. According to TMZ, Raptors president Masai Ujiri allegedly struck a sheriff’s deputy shortly after the team won the NBA Finals on Thursday night. The officer had reportedly demanded to see Ujiri’s credentials after the president attempted to walk onto the court and celebrate with his team. It was at that moment that Ujiri reportedly lost his temper and assaulted the deputy.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident as a misdemeanour battery. The officer claims that the Raptors' president did not have the proper credentials on him at the time of the incident.
“The deputy did not know who the man was and asked for the credential, and that’s when he tried to push past our deputy, and our deputy pushed him back, and there was another push that kind of moved up and struck our deputy in the face,” a spokesperson for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Officer stated to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“At that point, several bystanders intervened, and the executive did ultimately get back on to the court without displaying credentials.” the spokesperson continued.
Luckily for Ujiri, he had a guardian angel looking out for him. In a video of the incident, Ujiri was rescued by Kyle Lowry after the altercation. Lowry quickly wraps his arms around Ujiri and drags him onto the court joking to the still visibly shaken president, “We’re over here.”
It was thanks to Lowry that Ujiri managed to get on the court and give a televised speech, just moments after he was almost apprehended for the alleged assault.
According to the Toronto Star, the Raptors president is not currently in police custody. However, officers are looking into the altercation and plan to hand over the case to the district attorney.
On Friday morning, CTV News reports that the local sheriff's office in Oakland, California are investigating the alleged incident between Ujiri and the sheriff's deputy.
There are still no charges pending at this time.