The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said it has photos that show Raptors president Masai Ujiri hitting a deputy after Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
The sheriff’s office went as far as showing the photos to a Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail, but did not allow the photographs to be published.
“[We wanted] to show that a crime did occur when people are saying that … there was no strike to the face, when in fact there was,” spokesperson Sgt. Ray Kelly said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “We’ve done it in a way that can still let the investigation take place without contaminating the witness pool.”
This news comes just days after the sheriff’s office admitted Ujiri did in fact show his NBA credential before the alleged altercation with the deputy at Oracle Arena.
The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday Ujiri told the deputy he was the Raptors’ president and proceeded to present his identification. However, Ujiri did not have the proper credentials to get onto the court for post-game festivities after the Raptors clinched the championship, the Globe noted.
Conflicting reports of what happened also surfaced.
After the immediate release said Ujiri struck and pushed the deputy in order to get onto the floor. They now say the officer was first to engage by pushing Ujiri because he presented his credentials in a “very threatening way.”
Three eyewitnesses, who the Globe said “were sitting within 10 feet of the altercation,” disputed the fact that Ujiri ever struck the man.
One said the deputy pushed Ujiri first while another said “there were no punches thrown or anything like that.”
A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told the Globe there is security footage from the arena that showed Ujiri striking the deputy with “two fists” with one hitting the deputy “underneath the jaw on the left side of his face.”
The sheriff’s office did not show the Globe the full video.
Stephen Curry was the most recent NBA player to share his feelings on the situation.
In a recent New York Times interview he acknowledged he didn’t see what happened, but could tell something was wrong when he saw Ujiri.
“You know what’s crazy? I saw him after,” Curry said. “I didn’t know anything about this situation. But looking back, I saw his face and I could tell something had happened.”
He continued: “If he didn’t do anything wrong, obviously, you’d hope that it was handled in a better fashion. Especially for a guy that was going out and trying to celebrate with his team that had done something historical. So I don’t know if that was a white (general manager) or whatever, if that’s handled differently. You can always play the what-if game.”