Police officer suing Raptors president Masai Ujiri

Police officer suing Raptors president Masai Ujiri

Police officer suing Raptors president Masai Ujiri

"At all times relevant herein, Defendants, each of which are vicariously liable for the harm Plaintiff suffered resulting from the conduct of each other Defendant, had actual knowledge and/or should have known of Masai Ujiri's violent predisposition and propensity for physical violence prior to his assault on Plaintiff Alan Strickland", it added.

Alan Strickland and his wife, Kelly, sued Ujiri and claimed he hit the deputy "in the face and chest with both fists" as he tried to rush onto the court to celebrate the series win.

According to the statement of claim, Strickland, an Alameda County Sheriff's Department K-9 officer, was working a security point near the south end of the court at Game 6.

Several bystanders intervened and Ujiri got onto the court without displaying any credentials.

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".

"Such conduct was reasonably foreseeable based on Masai Ujiri's previous altercations involving similar circumstances and necessitated adequate security, which Defendants failed to provide", reads the court documents.

"We have just been made aware a claim has been filed", said a spokesperson for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the Raptors' ownership group.

Prosecutors in Oakland have already passed on the opportunity to lay charges against Ujiri suggesting the two sides work out a suitable compromise through mediation.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office stated that the deputy involved in the incident has been placed on medical leave, although it refused to identify Strickland directly. Ujiri had not yet responded to a request for comment.

The deputy claimed at the time that Ujiri pushed and punched him, leaving him with a concussion and a jaw injury. Strickland was assigned to work security at the south gate tunnel and claimed he was instructed by National Basketball Association security officials to prevent anyone from entering the court who didn't have the proper credentials.

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