Prosecutors Won't Charge Raptors' Ujiri Over NBA Finals Incident
#BREAKING: Sheriff's deputy reportedly pushed and struck in the face by a man believed to be a Toronto Raptors executive after Game 6 of the #NBAFinals at Oracle Arena, @ACSOSheriffs says. https://t.co/fobdK9iWEq pic.twitter.com/a4X0IysY5Z— Kristofer Noceda (@krisnoceda) June 14, 2019
Alameda County (Calif.) prosecutors "will not file charges" against Raptors President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri in connection with an "altercation he had with a county sheriff's deputy in June" just after the conclusion of the NBA Finals against the Warriors, according to Matthias Gafni of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The district attorney's office said Ujiri attended a meeting on Monday "focused on matters that we believe merited constructive, structured mediation and conflict resolution and were better handled in a setting outside of the courtroom." Sheriff's officials said after the incident that Ujiri, while "trying to join his team's celebration on court, pushed past the deputy, prompting the deputy to push back." At some point, the deputy told investigators that he was "struck in the jaw" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/23).
GROWING THE GAME: Last night's episode of HBO's "Real Sports" included a 20-minute segment featuring Ujiri and his commitment to growing basketball in Africa. Ujiri flew to Zaria, Nigeria, in August with the Larry O'Brien trophy, where he received a "hero's welcome." NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said of Ujiri's commitment to grassroots hoops in Africa, "No one comes close to the missionary zeal that Masai brings to the table." Silver said that with Ujiri's urging, the NBA has made Africa one of the league's top priorities. Ujiri, the first African exec to lead a North American team in a major sport to a title, said that in '10 he was willing to turn down the Nuggets' offer to make him their president of basketball operations if they did not give him an extra $50,000, "not for him, but to fund his camps back home in Nigeria." He was asked if he was willing to say no to the deal if he was not given that sum. After he answered yes, the Nuggets said, "OK," and hung up. They then called him back four minutes later agreeing to that condition and making him their president of basketball ops ("Real Sports," HBO, 10/22).