A police officer was allegedly pushed and hit in the face by a Toronto Raptors executive who was trying to get onto the court after Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Oakland’s Oracle Arena on Thursday, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said, according to multiple published reports.
The alleged incident occurred shortly after the Raptors took down the Golden State Warriors to win the first championship in franchise history. Officials said the officer denied the executive court access because he didn’t have proper credentials.
NBC Bay Area, citing witnesses on the scene, said the executive involved was identified as team president Masai Ujiri, and a video posted after the game appears to show Ujiri and an officer being held back from each other.
“(The deputy) did not know who the man was and asked for the credential, and that’s when he tried to push past our deputy, and our deputy pushed him back, and there was another push that kind of moved up and struck our deputy in the face,” Sgt. Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “At that point, several bystanders intervened and the executive did ultimately get back onto the court without displaying credentials.
” … It’s not like we were going to chase him down. He had a right to be there, but he didn’t follow the credential policy.”
The Chronicle report states that Kelly wouldn’t confirm the identity of the executive and that no arrest was made, but sai the sheriff’s department and Oakland police are conducting a follow-up investigation.