Masai Ujiri Says Cop Shoved Him at NBA Finals ‘Because I Am Black’
President of the Toronto Raptors Masai ujiri RACE said was the main reason he was disrespected and assaulted by a cop in the 2019 NBA Finals – stating, “It’s because I’m black.”
Ujiri, 50, finally broke his silence about this bombshell body-camera video which clearly shows him being pushed twice by an aggressive white deputy in the dying moments of Game 6 as the Raptors clinched the title.
The video clearly proves that the deputy was lying when he claimed that Ujiri caused the altercation that night. Ujiri was calmly trying to present his security badge to the deputy when the guy turned around, cursed him and shoved Masai twice in the chest.
“The video unfortunately shows how horribly I was treated by a law enforcement officer last year in the midst of my team, the Toronto Raptors, winning their first world championship,” Ujiri said in a statement.
Ujiri says the moment should be one of the greatest of his life – a reward after years of grinding – but he was spoiled by this horrible deputy.
“I was reminded at that time that despite all my hard work and success, there are people, including those who are meant to protect us, who will always and only see me as something that does not deserve a respectful commitment. And there is only one compelling reason why that is the case – because I am black. “
Ujiiri says he understands he was ultimately vindicated because he had the resources to enforce the law – and he fears for those who don’t.
“The only reason I’m getting the justice I deserve right now is because of my success. Because I’m the president of an NBA team, I’ve had access to resources that have me allowed to demand and fight for my justice. So many of my brothers and sisters have not had, do not have and will not have the same access to the resources that have provided my justice. And that is why Black Lives Matter. “
Ujiri says this is the exact reason people must continue to seek justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other black people who suffered at the hands of law enforcement.
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