The video, obtained by CNN, raises questions on a declare by the officer — Sherriff’s Deputy Alan Strickland — that Ujiri was the aggressor within the trade.
The physique digital camera footage reveals the incident from Strickland’s perspective. In it, Ujiri is seen making an attempt to achieve entry to the court docket to have a good time along with his staff.
As Ujiri reaches into his jacket to indicate his all entry credentials, Strickland twice shoves him away, grabbing him by the swimsuit jacket and telling him to “again the f*** off.” Ujriri then shoves the officer again.
Different video reveals the 2 males then being separated, earlier than Ujiri was allowed entry to the court docket.
Ujiri alleges within the swimsuit that Strickland is perpetrating a fraud, claiming that the newly launched physique cam footage reveals that Strickland used extreme drive.
The swimsuit alleges that the officer suffered accidents to his head, jaw, chin and tooth from the altercation.
Ujiri described the swimsuit to Canadian press in February as “malicious in a approach.”
On Tuesday, the Raptors launched a recent assertion, commented on the brand new video and reiterating their objection to the unique swimsuit.
“We’re aware this stays earlier than the courts, however we have now at all times maintained that the claims made towards Masai are baseless and completely with out benefit,” it says.
“We consider this video proof reveals precisely that — Masai was not an aggressor, however as a substitute was the recipient of two very violent, unwarranted actions.
“The occasions of that night forged a pall over what ought to have been an evening of celebration, and the 12 months since. Whereas Masai has the total backing of Raptors and MLSE as he fights this injustice, we’re conscious that not all folks have comparable help and assets. This can be a spurious authorized motion that MLSE, the NBA, and particularly Masai shouldn’t be going through.”
CNN has reached out to Strickland’s authorized staff for remark and the Alameda County Sheriff Workplace. When the incident first occurred, the Sheriff’s workplace defended Officer Strickland’s actions, and claimed Ujiri was the aggressor.