Warriors Part Owner Banned After Shoving, Yelling Obscenities at Lowry
A huge Toronto Raptors Game 3 road win has been overshadowed by a fan who shoved Kyle Lowry after the All-Star point guard dove into the crowd for a loose ball.
The fan, who was immediately removed from the arena, turns out to be Mark Stevens, an investor who just happens to be a part owner of the Golden State Warriors. According to Lowry, after receiving a shove, Stevens screamed “f*** yourself” repeatedly into the direction of Lowry. Thankfully, Lowry did not retaliate physically nor verbally, instead opting to voice his displeasure to the officials, furiously forcing them to eject Stevens.
The NBA and Warriors have banned Warriors investor Mark Stevens from NBA games for one year and fined him $500,000 for altercation with Raptors All-Star Kyle Lowry.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 6, 2019
Commended to how he was able to maintain his poise, the Warriors came out today apologizing to both Lowry and the Raptors, while the NBA has officially banned Stevens from NBA games for an entire year, fining him $500,000 in the process.
“Mr. Stevens’ behaviour last night did not reflect the high standards that we hope to exemplify as an organization,” the Warriors said in a statement released earlier today. “We’re extremely disappointed in his actions and, along with Mr. Stevens, offer our sincere apology to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors organization for this unfortunate misconduct. There is no place for such interaction between fans — or anyone — and players at an NBA game.”
An embarrassing look for the NBA defending champion Warriors, head coach Steve Kerr personally apologized to Lowry during his press conference this morning.
Many around NBA circles stood up for Lowry, voicing praise for how the veteran handled himself in the situation, while calling out the league to do more to protect its players. LeBron James, Stephen Jackson, Kendricks Perkins and many others stood up for Lowry.
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?There’s absolutely no place in our BEAUTIFUL game for that AT ALL. There’s so many issues here. When you sit courtside you absolutely know what comes with being on the floor and if you don’t know it’s on the back on the ticket itself that states the guidelines. But he himself being a fan but more importantly PART-OWNER of the Warriors knew exactly what he was doing which was so uncalled for. He knew the rules more than just the average person sitting watching the game courtside so for that Something needs to be done ASAP! A swift action for his actions. Just think to yourself, what if @kyle_lowry7 would have reacted and put his hands back on him. You guys would be going CRAZY!! Calling for him to damn near be put in jail let alone being suspended for the rest of the Finals all because he was protected himself. I’ve been quite throughout the whole NBA playoffs watching every game (haven’t missed one) but after I saw what I saw last night, took time to let it manifest into my thinking ? I couldn’t and wouldn’t be quiet on this! #ProtectThePlayers #PrivilegeAintWelcomeHere
“As for that fan, there’s no place for that,” Lowry said regarding the situation. “He had no reason to touch me. He had no reason to reach over two seats and then say some vulgar language to me. There’s no place for people like that in our league, and hopefully he never comes back to an NBA game.”
Meanwhile, the Raptors are up 2-1 in these Finals and look to put a stranglehold on the series tomorrow night. Klay Thompson is expected to return tomorrow, although it is unknown as to how his hamstring will respond in game action. Kevin Durant has been ruled out of Game 4, although the Warriors are still hopeful that the pending free agency sees the floor before the end of this series.