Feb 10, 2021

By Bob Komsic

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Alameda County sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland’s lawsuit against Raptors President Masai Ujiri has been dropped.
And Ujiri has dropped a countersuit against Strickland.
This all stemmed from an incident after the Raptors won the 2019 NBA Championship at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.
The officer, who was seeking $75,000, had alleged he suffered physical injuries in the on court altercation after the game.
The Raptors president alleged it was Strickland who used excessive force, also claiming he never would have been treated with such disrespected if he wasn’t Black.
Team owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) has issued a statement.
”Masai has been completely vindicated, as we always knew he would be.  We are disappointed that he and his family have had to endure the past 18 months of worry and uncertainty, but for their sake we are pleased the legal process has come to an end — and especially pleased that the claims against Masai and MLSE were dismissed entirely, free of any financial settlement.
”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.”
The Raptors, MLSE, and NBA were also named in Strickland’s lawsuit.
With both suits dropped, neither side receives any money and each side will pay their own legal fees.
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