An Oakland police officer is suing Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri and seeking damages for an alleged assault the officer claims happened after the Raptors won the NBA Finals in June.
In a federal lawsuit filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland and his wife Kelly Strickland are seeking a jury trial to resolve the matter.
They are also seeking general damages in excess of the minimum jurisdictional amount of $75,000, as well as punitive damages, medical and incidental expenses, future medical and incidental expenses, loss of earnings, prejudgment interest, property damage, legal fees, and any other relief the court would find.
Strickland was working security at Oracle Arena for Game 6 of the NBA Finals on June 13, 2019.
He claims that Ujiri didn’t show the proper credentials needed to reach a specific area on the court minutes after the Raptors won the game to secure the franchise’s first NBA championship in its history.
In the lawsuit, Strickland claims that Ujiri attacked him “and hit him in the face and chest with both fists.” The lawsuit claims the force from Ujiri’s alleged attack sent Strickland “backwards several feet.”
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