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Officer involved in altercation with Masai Ujiri says he has concussion

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The security officer who was involved in a physical altercation with Masai Ujiri after Game 6 of the NBA Finals says he suffered serious injuries as a result of the unprovoked attack from the Toronto Raptors president, and he has not ruled out filing a lawsuit.

David Mastagni, the attorney representing the deputy who says he was struck in the head by Ujiri, told KPIX 5 in San Francisco on Monday that the officer has been unable to return to work and is dealing with significant medical issues.

“He has a serious concussion; a templar mandibular joint injury, which is a serious jaw injury,” Mastagni said.

Mastagni described Ujiri’s actions as “an unprovoked significant hit to the jaw of the law enforcement officer,” and he said his client has been billed as a racist for stopping Ujiri from coming onto the court at Oracle Arena simply because he did not produce the proper credentials. He hinted that a lawsuit could be filed.

“All options are on the table. No options are off the table. … This is an issue of credentials or no credentials, not race,” Mastagni said.

Ujiri was trying to get onto the court following Game 6 to celebrate with his team when he was stopped by the deputy. A video appeared to show the end of the altercation but did not show Ujiri hitting the officer. Police are pursuing a case against the executive, and the Raptors say the incident is being investigated and they are cooperating with authorities.


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