Police Officer Sues Masai Ujiri for Altercation Following Game 6 Win
The case surrounding Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri’s altercation with an Oakland police officer following the culmination of Game 6 of the NBA Finals has been re-opened.
The alleged officer, Alan Strickland, has filed a suit in California against Ujiri, citing the executive struck the officer in the face and the chest with both fists as he attempted to step onto the court as the Raptors clinched the NBA Finals with a 114-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Both men were immediately separated and Ujiri joined the rest of his team on the floor to celebrate the championship.
The suit claims the victim “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.” It goes on to state Strickland has “suffered great anxiety, embarrassment, anger, loss of enjoyment of life, injury to reputation and severe emotional and physical distress in an amount to be determined at trial.”
The Raptors have been made aware of the lawsuit.
“We have just been made aware a claim has been filed,” said a spokesperson for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the Raptors’ ownership group. “We have no comment at this time.”
Masai is contracted by the Raptors through the 2020-21 season.