SAN FRANCISCO — An attorney for a deputy involved in an altercation with the president of the Toronto Raptors — who was trying to join his team on the court to celebrate its NBA championship — said his client suffered a concussion and is on medical leave.
Attorney David Mastagni said Tuesday the 20-year-veteran of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has a jaw injury and is considering filing a lawsuit.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly says the deputy was checking court-access credentials after the game Thursday in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors when Raptors president Masai Ujiri shoved the deputy and Ujiri’s arm struck him in the side of the head.
Kelly says investigators are questioning witnesses and the office hopes to file a report to prosecutors recommending a misdemeanor battery charge against Ujiri.
The Raptors said last week they were cooperating with the investigation and gathering information on their own. The team had no further comment Tuesday.
The name of the deputy has not been released.