New details in Ujiri case show mixed security messages, credential confusion – The Athletic


When Alameda County sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland twice shoved Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri as he tried to access the court following his team’s clinching NBA Finals win last year, the brief altercation spurred a police investigation, ongoing dueling lawsuits, and charges of racial animus against the White officer. But the incident also appears to have been a confluence of errors and mixed messages, according to newly unsealed answers by a top NBA executive to police questions.

In a written answer, Jerome Pickett, the NBA’s executive vice president and chief security officer, said the league told Oracle Arena security, which would have included Strickland, before the June 13, 2019 game to both be on the lookout for people trying to access the court with “fictitious” identification, but also not to create an altercation in the event such a scenario occurred. Pickett replied in writing in July 2019 to dozens of…