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Alameda County Sheriffs Department accuses Raptors executive of hitting deputy

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OAKLAND – Moments after the Toronto Raptors sealed their first-ever NBA Finals victory, the team reportedly ran into trouble with an Alameda County Sheriff’s Department deputy. As shown in the video above, it appears the Raptors’ president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri is involved in a scuffle with a sheriff’s deputy.

The video, captured by NBC Bay Area, does not show the moment of the altercation, but shows the moments directly following the interaction, when Ujiri is shepherded away from the deputy and eventually pulled onto the court by the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry to celebrate the franchise’s first title.

Witnesses of the interaction told NBC Bay Area Ujiri was involved in the interaction, which reportedly involved Ujiri pushing and striking the sheriff’s deputy in the face. According to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, the sheriff’s deputy denied Ujiri access for lacking proper credentials and they, along with the Oakland Police Department, are investigating the incident as a misdemeanor battery charge.

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