Masai Ujiri, Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations, and the man responsible for the remarkable turnaround in the franchise from top to bottom, was stopped by security court side for not having his credential visible, which led to a shoving match that was captured on video.
Bystanders intervened and Ujiri was eventually allowed onto the court to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy with his team, but not before having the moment tainted by his experience.
In October, prosecutors decided not to press criminal charges against Ujiri, but Alan Strickland, the security guard involved, is seeking $75,000 USD, and alleged in a lawsuit that he suffered injuries “which caused and continue to cause great mental, physical, emotional, and psychological pain and suffering.”
Ujiri, who is currently in Dakar, Senegal, speaking at an event to promote the 2022 Youth Olympics, discussed the lawsuit.
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