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Black Lives Matter: Masai Ujiri says Finals altercation occurred ‘as a result of I’m black’ | NBA Information

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Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri says an altercation with a safety guard after final 12 months’s NBA Finals occurred “as a result of I’m black”.

Footage aired by Bay Space tv station KTVU reveals Ujiri was trying to achieve the courtroom after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Recreation 6 to win the title 14 months in the past in Oakland, California, when Alameda County deputy Alan Strickland twice aggressively pushed Ujiri earlier than the latter responded with a push of his personal.

On Tuesday, Ujiri filed a countersuit in opposition to Strickland, who filed swimsuit in opposition to Ujiri and the Raptors in February. Strickland claimed he sustained accidents to his head, chin, jaw and enamel as a consequence of Ujiri’s shove.

“The video sadly demonstrates how horribly I used to be handled by a legislation enforcement officer final 12 months within the midst of my workforce, the Toronto Raptors, profitable its first world championship,” Ujiri stated in a press release launched by the workforce.

“It was an exhilarating second of accomplishment for our organisation, for our gamers, for our metropolis, for our nation, and for me personally, given my long-tenured skilled journey within the NBA.

Ujiri addresses the media at an NBA Cares occasion in Toronto
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“But, sadly, I used to be reminded in that second that regardless of all of my laborious work and success, there are some folks, together with those that are supposed to guard us, who will at all times and solely see me as one thing that’s unworthy of respectful engagement. And, there’s just one indeniable purpose why that’s the case – as a result of I’m black.”

Ujiri stated the incident is receiving a excessive quantity of consideration as a consequence of his race. He insinuated it solely reached that degree of curiosity as a consequence of his place as a high-ranking black man.

“What saddens me most about this ordeal is that the one purpose why I get the justice I deserve on this second is due to my success,” stated Ujiri, who turned 50 final month.

“As a result of I am the president of a NBA workforce, I had entry to sources that ensured I may demand and combat for my justice.

“So a lot of my brothers and sisters have not had, do not have, and will not have the identical entry to sources that assured my justice. And that is why Black Lives Matter.

Toronto Raptors team president Masai Ujiri celebrates his team's NBA title triumph


Toronto Raptors workforce president Masai Ujiri says his workforce’s 2019 NBA title triumph is a ‘championship for the world’

“And that is why it is vital for all of us to maintain demanding justice. Justice for George (Floyd). Justice for Breonna (Taylor). Justice for Elijah (McClain). Justice for a lot too many black lives that mattered.”

Within the video, Strickland stops Ujiri as he approaches the courtroom and pushes him within the chest whereas Ujiri is reaching into his jacket for his credential.

Onlookers tried to settle down Strickland, however he’s seen pushing Ujiri a second time.

Heard on the video, Strickland additionally advised Ujiri to “again the (expletive) up” in between the 2 shoves. Ujiri then pushed Strickland again and tried to establish himself.

Strickland filed a employees’ compensation declare wherein he stated Ujiri “hit him within the face and chest with each fists”.

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