NBA: Raptors president Ujiri won't face charges in California

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Posted at Oct 24 2019 09:40 AM

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri talks to the media during Media Day at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri will not face charges for a reported skirmish with a sheriff's deputy in Oakland, Calif., after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA championship last June.

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office made the announcement on Tuesday, the day the Raptors unveiled the championship banner before their season-opening win against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Ujiri had been accused of trying to access the court at Oracle Arena to join the postgame celebration without showing proper credentials and also hitting the deputy.

The DA's office said it met with Ujiri on Monday, capping a summer-long investigation that spread into the fall.

"The District Attorney's Office has determined that no criminal charges will be filed in the matter," a statement read. 

"However, Mr. Ujiri attended a meeting with the District Attorney's Office focused on matters that we believe merited constructive, structured mediation and conflict resolution and were better handled in a setting outside of the courtroom."

Ujiri issued a statement that said he was happy the investigation is over.

"I am extremely pleased with the decision," Ujiri said. "While these past months have been difficult waiting for a determination on this matter, I understand the nature of the process and am appreciative of the efforts of all involved."

"I am happy that this is now behind me and I look forward to the task of bringing another championship to the City of Toronto."

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