In the sports field, we have seen a lot of controversies taking place of sports starts with another sports star or someone else. In the case of Masai Ujiri, he recently got bound to a controversy of assault and battery. A lawsuit was filed against him by one of the Alameda County Sheriff’s deputy, Alan Strickland and his wife. Without the proper evidence, Masai is now out of the charge.
The former NBA player, Masai is a Nigerian professional basketball executive and is serving as the president of basketball operations of the Toronto Raptors in the NBA (National Basketball Association). The 49 years old sports star has also gathered a huge amount of money from his long sports career. Then, how much is his net worth is 2020? Coming to his personal life, he is married to his wife, Ramatu Ujiri. How is their married life going on?
Let’s find out all the information about Masai Ujiri’s personal and professional life in the lower sections of his biography. Until then, stay tuned with us.
Childhood of Masai Ujiri – Parents
Masai Ujiri was born on 7th July 1970 in Bournemouth, England when his parents were still in their study phase. When Masai reached the age of two, his family moved to Nigeria. His father used to be a hospital administrator and nursing educator. Meanwhile, his mother was a doctor from Machakos Country.
When Masai was in his childhood, he had a great interest in football and also played in international soccer as a youth. At the age of 13, Masai’s interest in basketball increased as he used to play outdoor basketball in northern Nigeria with his friends. At the initial phase, he was inspired by the Nigerian-American former basketball player, Hakeem Olajuwon.
Masai Ujiri’s parents were so much educated supported Masai a lot to pursue his career in his interested field. Masai joined his high school in his hometown and then started playing from his school’s team.
In order to play for Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, he left Nigeria. He then spent two years playing basketball at Bismarck State College. Following, he joined Montana State University Billings.
Professional Life – NBA Career
At the beginning phase of his career, Masai Ujiri spent six years playing professionally in Europe. He then played one year in England and also was in the second-division team in Belgium and Germany. He ended playing basketball after his game in Denmark. In the year 2002, he started working as a youth coach in Nigeria.
His coaching skills later impressed David Thorpe who introduced Masai to college coaches. Later, he met Gary Brokaw who introduced him with Doc Rivers and GM John Gabriel. Following, the Nuggets general manager, Kiki Vandeweghe who offered him a salary as an international scout.
Masai Ujiri served as an international scout for four years and then Bryan Colangelo of the Toronto Raptors offered him the post of their Director of Global Scouting. He then promoted as the Raptors’ assistant general manager in 2008. In 2013, he signed $15 Million, a 5 year deal with Toronto Raptors as an executive vice president and general manager. The Raptors won the 2019 NBA championship.
Controversy: Allegations & Charges
During the 2019 NBA Finals, Masai Ujiri got caught into a controversy after one of the Alameda County Sheriff’s deputy, Alan Strickland and his wife, Kelly Strickland sued a case against him. The lawsuit was made against Masai with the accusations of assault, battery, intentional infliction, and emotional expenses.
After Toronto Raptors made the history in 2019 NBA Finals winning against Golden State Warriors, Masai tried to get to the floor or basketball court. As per the deputy officer, he asked Masai for proper credentials which he couldn’t provide. However, the charges of Masai were canceled due to the lack of evidence.
Watch the video of Masai Ujiri’s Altercation
#BREAKING: Sheriff's deputy reportedly pushed and struck in the face by a man believed to be a Toronto Raptors executive after Game 6 of the #NBAFinals at Oracle Arena, @ACSOSheriffs says. https://t.co/fobdK9iWEq pic.twitter.com/a4X0IysY5Z
— Kristofer Noceda (@krisnoceda) June 14, 2019
The Toronto Raptors president, Masai Ujiri stands at a height of 1.93m i.e. 193cm i.e. 6 feet and 4 inches.
Married To His Wife, Ramatu Ujiri
The 49 years old, Masai Ujiri is a married man. He exchanged his wedding vows with his long-time girlfriend turned wife, Ramatu Ujiri. His spouse, Ramatu is an American fashion model and is also popular as a celebrity wife. Going through her Facebook profile, she used to work with Outer Skinz Image Group.
Masai is a very private person when it comes to his personal life. However, we have much more for you folks. The couple started dating in 2007. After a few years, they exchanged their wedding vows in a private marriage ceremony which was attended by their family and close friends.
Matter of fact, Masai shares two children with his partner; a son and a daughter. Their daughter’s name is Zahara Ujiri, however, the duo has not yet revealed anything about their son. The family of four keeps making appearances in several basketball games and sports events.
Looking at the couple, Masai shares a very strong bond with his wife. Similarly, they are proud parents and taking care of their kids very well. So far, Masai and Ramtau have not gone through any conflicts which could lead them to their divorce or separation. At present, they are spending a blissful married life.
Net Worth of Masai Ujiri
After serving so many years as a youth and college coach, Masai Ujiri finally became the president of basketball operations of the Toronto Raptors in the NBA. He played basketball for six years and then began coaching.
As we mentioned earlier, he signed a five-year contract for $15 million with the Toronto Raptors. On 2nd September 2016, Masai signed a five-year contract extension worth $32 Million with the Raptors. Without any doubt, he is leading a lavish life at present.
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