A lawsuit filed against Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri over an incident in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals has now been dropped.
Back in 2019, the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors in 6 games to win their first-ever NBA championship. This made them the first Canadian team to emerge with the Larry O’Brien trophy.
After the Raptors won, Masai Ujiri, their President of Basketball operations, wanted to celebrate with the team. He tried to make his way to the court, where he was stopped by an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy. An altercation occurred between the two, and the Deputy filed a lawsuit against Masai. After receiving body camera footage, Ujiri and the Raptors filed a counter lawsuit on the deputy.
The lawsuit against Masai Ujiri has been dropped
The Sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland had filed a lawsuit claiming Masai shoved and assaulted the deputy upon being asked for credentials. However, the body camera footage obtained shows Masai talking respectfully and tried to show his all-access credentials. The deputy kept shoving him back and not paying heed. After two shoves, Masai retaliated and shoved Strickland.
After 18 whole months, the deputy’s team dropped the lawsuit. Once the proceedings were over, there was no statement from Ujiri, but MLSE issued a statement. Ujiri’s countersuit had the Raptors, the NBA, and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment as plaintiffs.
As per MLSE’s statement on the lawsuits (the deputy’s, and Ujiri’s countersuit) being dropped, “Masai is taking some time to process the ordeal, and intends to address it publicly at a later date.”
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) February 10, 2021
The body cam footage clearly undermined the deputy’s claims, so it was a surprise that they did not drop the suit sooner. After 18 months of frustration and inconvenience for the Ujiri family, the suit has been dropped.