Masai Ujiri won't face charges in security incident at NBA Finals
Toronto Raptors President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri will not face any charges in connection to an incident with a police officer, as his team won the NBA Finals in Oakland, California this summer, according to state authorities.
"Mr. Ujiri attended a meeting with the District Attorney's Office focused on matters that we believe merited constructive, structured mediation and conflict resolution and were better handled in a setting outside of the courtroom," DA spokesperson Teresa Drenick said in a statement to NEWSTALK1010 Tuesday.
The office received incident reports from the Oakland Police Department in late July, after he was accused of shoving and punching a sheriff's deputy in the face on June 13th during Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Ujiri was attempting to get on the court for the celebration, but a dispute reportedly occurred over whether Ujiri was holding the proper team credentials, the aftermath of which was captured on video.
He was pulled away from the scuffle and brought onto the court by point guard Kyle Lowry.
Drenick said a meeting occurred Monday between the parties involved.
The news of no charges came shortly after the Raptors received their championship rings ahead of their season opener in Toronto.
Read the full statement below:
The District Attorney's Office has determined that no criminal charges will be filed in the matter. However, Mr. Ujiri attended a meeting with the District Attorney's Office focused on matters that we believe merited constructive, structured mediation and conflict resolution and were better handled in a setting outside of the courtroom.
By way of background, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office received incident reports from the Oakland Police Department as well as the Alameda County Sheriff prompting a preliminary review of the matter on July 29, 2019. Once we received the initial investigative reports, we requested additional investigation and witness interviews, a process that lasted until September 1, 2019. A thorough review of the entirety of the matter has taken some time.
Both Mr. Ujiri and the Sheriff's Department were made aware of and were in agreement with the decision to handle this matter by way of the meeting, which took place on Monday, October 21, 2019. In attendance were Assistant District Attorney Terry Wiley, Mr. Ujiri and his attorneys, Robert and Anne Beles. I am not able to provide further details regarding specifics of the meeting.
There will be no further action taken by the District Attorney's Office.