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Oakland officer sues Ujiri for damages from shoving match at NBA Finals

Last Updated Feb 10, 2020 at 2:23 pm MST

Raptors president Masai Ujiri speaks at an end-of-season press conference from Toronto's OVO Athletic Centre. CITYNEWS

OAKLAND, Calif. – A sheriff’s deputy is suing Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri for damages, alleging he was injured in a shoving altercation at Oakland’s Oracle Arena during last year’s NBA Finals.

In a lawsuit filed Friday in a northern California district court, Alan Strickland alleges that he 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.”

Strickland and his wife, Kelly Strickland, are seeking US$75,000 in general damages, as well as other compensation including punitive damages, lost wages, current and future medical expenses and legal costs.

The Raptors, team owner Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and the NBA were also named as defendants in the lawsuit. None of the allegations have been proven in court.

“We have just been made aware this claim has been filed. We have no comment at this time,” an MLSE spokesperson told The Canadian Press. Ujiri had not yet responded to a request for comment.

The incident occurred June 13, after the Raptors won their first-ever title after taking Game 6 of the NBA finals.

(The Canadian Press)