The video, obtained by CNN, raises questions on a declare by the officer — Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Strickland — that Ujiri was the aggressor throughout the change.
The physique digicam footage reveals the incident from Strickland’s perspective. In it, Ujiri is seen attempting to realize entry to the courtroom docket to have enjoyable collectively together with his workers.
As Ujiri reaches into his jacket to point his all entry credentials, Strickland twice shoves him away, grabbing him by the go properly with jacket and telling him to “once more the f*** off.” Ujriri then shoves the officer once more.
Totally different video reveals the two males then being separated, sooner than Ujiri was allowed entry to the courtroom docket.
The footage is included as part of a countersuit, filed by Ujiri in U.S. District Court docket docket in Oakland, California, on Tuesday.
Ujiri alleges throughout the go properly with that Strickland is perpetrating a fraud, claiming that the newly launched physique cam footage reveals that Strickland used excessive drive.
The go properly with alleges that the officer suffered accidents to his head, jaw, chin and enamel from the altercation.
Ujiri described the go properly with to Canadian press in February as “malicious in a way.”
On Tuesday, the Raptors launched a current assertion, commented on the model new video and reiterating their objection to the distinctive go properly with.
“We’re acutely aware this stays sooner than the courts, nonetheless we’ve always maintained that the claims made in opposition to Masai are baseless and fully with out profit,” it says.
“We take into account this video proof reveals exactly that — Masai was not an aggressor, nonetheless as an alternative was the recipient of two very violent, unwarranted actions.
“The events of that night time solid a pall over what must have been a night of celebration, and the 12 months since. Whereas Masai has the whole backing of Raptors and MLSE as he fights this injustice, we’re acutely aware that not all of us have comparable help and belongings. It’s a spurious approved movement that MLSE, the NBA, and significantly Masai shouldn’t be coping with.”
In an announcement given to CNN on Thursday, Ujiri talked about “…I was reminded in that second that no matter all of my laborious work and success, there are some of us, along with these which are supposed to protect us, who will always and solely see me as one factor that’s unworthy of respectful engagement. And, there’s only one indisputable function why that’s the case – on account of I’m Black.”
CNN has reached out to Strickland’s approved workers for comment and the Alameda County Sheriff Office. When the incident first occurred, the Sheriff’s office defended Officer Strickland’s actions, and claimed Ujiri was the aggressor.