But, clearly, the officer wasn't willing to let Ujiri off that easily.in the new lawsuit, Strickland says he's seeking damages in excess of $75,000.
In the suit, filed Friday in USA federal court in Northern California, sheriff's deputy Alan Strickland alleges that Ujiri hit him in the face and chest, causing permanent disabilities, during an altercation at court level after the Raptors clinched the title versus the Golden State Warriors on the night of June 13 in Oakland. Ujiri had credentials in his hand, but they weren't the type required to gain access to the court, sheriff's officials said.
According to the report, the lawsuit states that Ujiri's alleged actions were "foreseeable" based on "previous altercations involving similar circumstances".
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Strickland, along with his wife, Kelly, who is named as a co-plaintiff in the suit, allege that Strickland, as a result of the incident, "suffered injury to his body, health, strength, activity and person, all of which have caused and continue to cause Plaintiff great mental, emotional, psychological, physical, and nervous pain and suffering".
A rep for the Raptors ownership group told us they were aware of the lawsuit, but had no comment.
Prosecutors in Oakland have already passed on the opportunity to lay charges against Ujiri suggesting the two sides work out a suitable compromise through mediation.
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ESPN confirmed with an Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesperson that the officer is now on leave, although the representative declined to say anything further for privacy reasons. A request for comment Monday was not immediately returned.
In a lawsuit filed on Friday in Sacramento at a California United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Alan Strickland filed a complaint on six counts and has asked for a jury trial.
While another man, whom the Sheriff's Department later identified as a Raptors employee, held the deputy back, Strickland alleged that Ujiri came toward him "raising both of his hands and striking with closed fists in a straight arm manner I would best describe as a double fist punch". Strickland was assigned to work security at the south gate tunnel and claimed he was instructed by National Basketball Association security officials to prevent anyone from entering the court who didn't have the proper credentials.
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