Quantcast
Connect with us

NBA

Report: Fan who shoved Raptors’ Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of NBA Finals is Warriors’ part-owner

Kyle Lowry

The fan that pushed Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill season-ticket holder, but rather Warriors part-owner and venture capitalist Mark Stevens, according to Ina Fried of HBO’s Axios.

Lowry was visibly irate during and right after the interaction took place, complaining to the officials and arena security before Stevens was removed from his first-row seat.

“The fans have a place; we love our fans,” Lowry told ESPN after a 123-109 Raptors win. “But fans like that shouldn’t be allowed to be in there, because it’s not right. I can’t do nothing to protect myself.”

Lowry could have easily risked a fine and even a potential suspension if he chose to retaliate, but the point guard was quick to point out he was pushed by Stevens after diving for a loose ball.

The league and the Warriors are investigating matters quickly, as neither Stevens nor league or team representatives were available for comment.

Stevens joined the Warriors’ ownership team in 2013, once Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was forced to divest his share of the Warriors franchise.

Following a 123-109 win, Lowry spoke with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter, calling for a ban of this fan after he not only pushed, but also directed profanity at him.

“In our league there’s no place for that,” Lowry told Van Pelt after the game. “Honestly, I hope he’s never allowed to come to an NBA game, because he shouldn’t have [done] that. There’s no place for that. Luckily they threw him out.”

The NBA will now have a tough decision in its hands, as banning a part-owner (a term now also being heavily-discussed in league circles) is very different from banning a regular fan, as the Utah Jazz did with two of their fans that had racist and profane remarks for Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

Stay tuned to ClutchPoints for more updates on this story.