Black Lives Matter: Masai Ujiri says Finals altercation occurred 'because I am black'

21 Aug

Footage aired by Bay Area television station KTVU shows Ujiri was attempting to reach the court after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 to win the title 14 months ago in Oakland, California, when Alameda County deputy Alan Strickland twice aggressively pushed Ujiri before the latter responded with a push of his own.

On Tuesday, Ujiri filed a countersuit against Strickland, who filed suit against Ujiri and the Raptors in February. Strickland claimed he sustained injuries to his head, chin, jaw and teeth due to Ujiri's shove.

"The video sadly demonstrates how horribly I was treated by a law enforcement officer last year in the midst of my team, the Toronto Raptors, winning its first world championship," Ujiri said in a statement released through the team.

"It was an exhilarating moment of achievement for our organisation, for our players, for our city, for our country, and for me personally, given my long-tenured professional journey in the NBA.

"Yet, unfortunately, I was reminded in that moment that despite all of my hard work and success, there are some people, including those who are supposed to protect us, who will always and only see me as something that is unworthy of respectful engagement. And, there's only one indisputable reason why that is the case - because I am black."

Ujiri said the incident is receiving a high amount of attention due to his race. He insinuated it only reached that level of interest due to his position as a high-ranking black man. เว็บพนันบาคาร่าขั้นต่ำ

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