Deputy was the aggressor in conflict with Raptors' Ujiri: Lawsuit

New Video Shows Sheriff's Deputy 'Undeniably Initial Aggressor' In Altercation With Masai Ujiri

New video shows deputy was 'initial aggressor' in altercation with Raptors' Masai Ujiri

And don't forget, officials initially said deputy claimed the altercation started because Ujiri didn't have the proper credentials - but the video blows that whole argument out of the water. The two appear to exchange words and Ujiri shows his credential again. The suit also claimed Ujiri had a "violent predisposition" and a "propensity for physical violence prior to his assault".

The Raptors president has maintained Strickland began the confrontation by physically trying to keep him off the court as Toronto celebrated its title. Strickland then pushes Ujiri a second time before Ujiri shoves the deputy back.

The counterclaim contains statements from three witnesses who allege that Ujiri did not hit Strickland with closed fists or make contact with the deputy's face. When the incident first occurred, the Sheriff's office defended Officer Strickland's actions, and claimed Ujiri was the aggressor. "Mr. Ujiri then shoved Mr. Strickland in the chest", the document says.

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Ujiri asked why he'd been pushed, and explained that he was the president of the team and that was trying to get on to the court to celebrate.

The amount of force used by Strickland was unnecessary and escalated the situation to an unnecessary level. Not only was it Strickland, and not Ujiri, who initiated contact, but the Raptors president is seen holding his credential in his hand - a fact that was already established by photographs available in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

Ujiri's attorneys told KTVU the video proves Deputy Alan Strickland was "undeniably the initial aggressor".

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"I think it probably ruins a night of tremendous celebration for Masai with the actions of the officer".

In a federal lawsuit filed in February and naming Ujiri, the National Basketball Association and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment as defendants, Strickland alleged that Ujiri assaulted him and that he had "suffered injury to his body, health, strength, activity and person", causing him "great mental, emotional, psychological, physical, and nervous pain and suffering".

"While Masai has the full backing of Raptors and MLSE as he fights this injustice, we are aware that not all people have similar support and resources".

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In October, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office said that Ujiri would not face criminal charges.

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