TMZ - Here it is ... video proof Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri was SHOVED FIRST in an altercation with a sheriff's deputy during the 2019 NBA Finals.
It's shocking footage considering the claims made by the deputy which painted Ujiri as the main aggressor in an incident that left him with multiple injuries.
Remember, a spokesperson for the Alameda County Sheriff's Dept. initially claimed they would pursue CRIMINAL CHARGES against Ujiri for allegedly striking the deputy in the moments after the Raptors won the title over the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Ujiri had denied wrongdoing -- but the deputy was adamant the NBA honcho committed misdemeanor battery on a law enforcement officer.
Now, new bodycam footage shows exactly how things went down -- and it seems obvious the cop overreacted in a dangerous way.
The footage shows Ujiri trying to pull out his credentials in a peaceful, nonthreatening way but the deputy freaked out and put his hands on Masai!!!
You can hear the deputy, Alan Strickland, tell Ujiri to "back the f*ck up" while shoving him in the chest.
Strickland pushed Ujiri again -- this time with two hands and using very aggressive force.
Ujiri replies, "Why did you push me? I’m the president of the Raptors."
Not a good look here for the Warriors. Draymond's bully/fake tough guy schtick has clearly rubbed off and not in a good way. This deputy is fucked. Especially since he filed a suit claiming he was assaulted. Yah.
But not out of character apparently.
Gotta think this is all avoidable had the Warriors brass briefed its staff on the "who's who" of the Raptors org.
Also props to Kyle Lowrie for coming to rescue in a sea of people and de-escalating things.