Lakers star LeBron James calls out Warriors minority owner for shoving Raptors’ Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of NBA Finals
During Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry dove into the crowd to go after a loose ball, and he was subsequently shoved by Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens as he got up. After the news broke about Stevens’ identity, LeBron James took to Instagram to comment on the situation:
View this post on Instagram
🗣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
James says there’s no place in the game for what happened and fans should know better when acting out on the court. This specific issue is worse when considering the fan in question is a part owner of the home team, which is something LeBron acknowledges here.
James also calls for “swift action” for what was done, and then asks what would have happened had Lowry retaliated. While the Warriors just released a statement saying Stevens will not be attending any more Finals games this year, this punishment isn’t enough for James, who took to Twitter to say as much:
Ok cool but still ain’t enough! They did exactly what they had to do. Get in front of it before anyone else and plus there’s only 4 games left(2 max in GS).
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 6, 2019
James isn’t the only player to vocalize his unhappiness with the incident, but he certainly is the biggest. With the way certain incidents have gone this season involving the crowd, it isn’t surprising to see LeBron James speaking up now, especially when it happens to be a minority owner of an NBA team doing this.