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Deputy Who Got in Alleged Physical Altercation With Masai Ujiri Hires Top Civil Rights Lawyer

TORONTO, ON - MAY 25:  Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri addresses the crowd after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in Game Six of the NBA Eastern Conference Final at Scotiabank Arena on May 25, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: user expressly acknowledges and agrees by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Licence Agreement. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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The physical altercation involving a police officer and Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri after Game 6 of the NBA Finals has taken yet another turn.

The deputy involved has now hired high-profile civil rights lawyer David Mastagni.

The cop also claims that following the Raptors' Game 6 victory to clinch the NBA Finals, Ujiri shoved him violently while trying to get onto the court, leaving him concussed and with an injured jaw.

Though footage has yet to be found of the incident (aside from the immediate aftermath of whatever happened), things seem to be getting ugly quick for the Raptors and the NBA.

A court battle between an injured police officer and one of the league's top executives would do nothing but tarnish the NBA's reputation.

Without video evidence of the altercation, there still seems to be a long way to go before things get resolved.

The officer's hiring of Mastagni certainly doesn't make it seem like the two sides are going to come to an understanding any time soon.