Sheriff’s Deputy Drops Lawsuit Against Masai Ujiri

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Alameda County sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland has dropped a lawsuit against Masai Ujiri over an incident on June 13, 2019 after the Toronto Raptors won their first championship in franchise history.

The lawsuit claimed Strickland suffered “physical, mental, emotional, and economic injuries,” including lost wages, lost opportunity for financial gain and future earning capacity. It also cited past and future medical care and expenses, and named his wife as a plaintiff. The lawsuit sought $75,000 in damages.

In August, Ujiri’s attorneys filed a countersuit saying video footage showed Strickland was “undeniably the initial aggressor” in the confrontation and that the new evidence would vindicate Ujiri.

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Raptors, said in a statement that Ujiri “has been completely vindicated.”

“We are pleased the legal process has come to an end — and especially pleased that the claims made against Masai and MLSE were dismissed entirely, free of any financial settlement,” the company said. “We continue to be deeply troubled by the fact that Masai was put in this position in the first place, and believe he should never have had to defend himself. Masai is taking some time to process the ordeal, and intends to address it publicly at a later date.”