NBC's Bay Area affiliate first reported that a deputy with Alameda County Sheriff's Office was pushed and allegedly struck in the face by a Raptors executive as the team was celebrating the win, and said witnesses identified the man as Masai Ujiri, Raptors president of basketball operations.
Ujiri didn't have the credentials on him, Kelly said, adding that the former National Basketball Association executive of the year then allegedly pushed the deputy out of the way in an effort to get on the court.
On Friday, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, Sgt.
It is unknown if the Wizards lost interest in Ujiri after this incident or if their interest in him was simply overstated. "He had no credential displayed, and our deputy asked for his credential".
Ujiri's resume - led by his long-term vision and team-building skill - has pushed him to the top of a Wizards wish list in a search that stalled after Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly rejected a Washington offer on May 20.
Although Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) had said the players wouldn't be coming back tonight, several them, including Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam and Danny Green, ended up catching the evening flight back.
"I read it saying 'Wait the cops are not telling the truth.' This looks like somebody trying to embellish what happened to protect what they did, what the policeman did".
Wiener said he didn't see Ujiri hit the deputy in the face.
For his success in Denver, Ujiri was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2013.
Kelly told The AP the deputy involved in the alleged encounter complained of pain in his jaw and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
A spokeswoman for the Raptors said they were co-operating with the USA authorities and looked forward to resolving the situation.
The NBA requires extra credentials to gain access to the floor when the series is clinched, including a gold armband.
"We are in contact with the Raptors and local authorities and in the process of gathering more information", Bass said.