Body camera footage was released Tuesday that shows the officer, Alan Strickland, shoved Ujiri at the start of the confrontation:
"I was reminded in that moment that despite all my hard work and success, there are some people, including those who are supposed to protect us, who will always and only see me as something that is unworthy of respectful engagement," Ujiri said. "And, there is only one indisputable reason why that is the case — because I'm black."
Strickland filed a lawsuit against Ujiri in February, alleging he shoved him hard enough to cause "physical injuries to his head, jaw, chin and teeth," per Lisa Fernandez of Fox 2. The guard also claimed Ujiri tried to "storm" the court before hitting him in the face.
Despite the video evidence, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office is standing by its initial claim.
"We 100 percent stand by [the] original statement that was released that Mr. Ujiri is the aggressor in this incident," the sheriff's office said, per Stephanie Smyth of CP 24. "Don't be quick to judge based off of what lawyers are saying."
Ujiri compared his situation to other interactions with authority figures while calling for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain, three Black men and women who were killed by police officers.