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Masai Ujiri sued by police officer for alleged NBA Finals assault

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A police officer has filed a lawsuit over allegations that Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri assaulted him after Game 6 of last year’s NBA Finals.

The officer, Alan Strickland, claims that Ujiri struck him in the face and chest with both fists while attempting to access the court following the Raptors’ NBA title clincher, via Tim Bontemps of ESPN. Strickland claims that he “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.”

Strickland and his wife Kelly are seeking various damages as a result of the alleged assault. They are also suing the Raptors, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and the NBA, claiming they failed to provide adequate safety and security and did not “post signs warning of danger, including the danger of Masai Ujiri.”

These accusations were made immediately after Game 6, and the Alameda County Sheriff sought charges against Ujiri at the time. Those charges were dropped months later, and one alleged witness claimed the incident never even happened.

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