Masai Ujiri Claims to be Assaulted by Sheriff’s Deputy Following Game 6
Masai Ujiri claims he was assaulted by a sheriff’s deputy at the conclusion of the 2019 NBA Finals.
In an act of self-defense, Ujiri alleges he shoved deputy Alan Strickland before proceeding onto the court with Kyle Lowry to celebrate the team’s championship victory. Ujiri and the MLSE have submitted a document in reply to a civil lawsuit filed last month by Strickland.
“Other than the shoves, the two men did not have any further physical contact with each other,” the document stated. “The entire encounter between Mr. Strickland and Mr. Ujiri was brief. Mr. Ujiri was eventually escorted to the court where he joined his team, accepted the championship trophy, and gave a live on-camera interview.”
According to the suit, Strickland and his wife are seeking $75,000 US in general damages, as well as various additional compensations. Strickland claims he has suffered “injury to his head, body, health, strength, nervous system and person, all of which caused and continue to cause great mental, physical, emotional and psychological pain and suffering.”
Ujiri maintains his innocence in the ongoing case.
“It’s malicious in a way,” Ujiri said last month. “To me it’s incredible that things play out like that. I think something incredible was taken away from me and I will never forget it. It is one of the things that drives me to win another championship because I want to be able to celebrate a championship the right way.
“This thing will be settled. The truth will come out. The truth will come out of this.”