Masai Ujiri's post-championship exuberance might prove costly.
The deputy has hired civil rights attorney David Mastagni, who told Nielsen that "no options are being ruled out as to how to rectify the situation".
Sheriff's officials said Friday that Ujiri did not show the proper credential and then shoved the deputy, who pushed back, drawing another shove from Ujiri that struck the deputy in the face.
Authorities say Ujiri tried to walk past the deputy but the deputy stopped him because he didn't see Ujiri's on-court credentials.
Investigators are questioning witnesses, Kelly said, adding the sheriff's office hopes to file a report with prosecutors this week recommending a misdemeanor battery charge against Ujiri.
Attorney Davis Mastagni said his client, a 20-year veteran of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office who has not been publicly identified, is considering legal action against the basketball exec over the June 13 incident. Ray Kelly said. He said Ujiri also shouted obscenities. In the video, it appears Ujiri is holding his credentials in his hand. The team had no further comment Tuesday.
Mastagni says the deputy was focused on credentials and not Ujiri's race and said that "the deputy has African American family members". Greg Wiener, a 61-year-old season ticket holder, said Ujiri then shoved the officer back before bystanders intervened.
Ray Kelly, sheriff's office spokesman, said arena security footage and police body camera video back up the deputy's version of events, claiming he was the victim of an unprovoked assault shortly after the game's conclusion. But on Tuesday, he told The Associated Press that he remembered the officer shouting, "No one gets on the court without credentials".
"We had the opportunity to make an arrest and we chose not to", Kelly said. "Everybody from the top executives all the way down. know that you must wear credentials to get on the court", he said.