Warriors minority owner who pushed Raptors’ Kyle Lowry won’t attend more NBA Finals games
The Golden State Warriors have released a statement, claiming that investor and minority owner Mark Stevens, who pushed Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals, will not be allowed to attend any games of the NBA Finals, according to Logan Murdock of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Stevens’ identity was recently brought to light after HBO’s Axion discovery, pointing to the billionaire investor as the one responsible for reportedly shoving and directing profanity at the Raptors’ guard, as he tumbled to the crowd after chasing for a loose ball.
“Mr. Stevens’ behavior last night did not reflect the high standards that we hope to exemplify as an organization,” the Warriors said in a news release Thursday morning. “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.”
The team also claimed it will investigate this incident for further evidence.
Lowry collided with two fans and knocked one of them back after chasing for the loose ball. Stevens shoved Lowry in the left arm as he attempted to get on his feet and get back to the court, an action the veteran point man did not take lightly.
Lowry quickly glared at Stevens and yelled to referee Marc Davis, who listened but didn’t take any action against Stevens, as arena security soon after found the minority owner and escorted him out of his first-row seat.
“There’s no place for that,” Lowry said in his post-game availability. “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.”
The Warriors will be in a difficult position, given that restricting a minority owner’s capacity to attend games can prove sketchy at best. Should they choose to remove him from the organization for this offense, it’s likely the organization won’t have an issue finding a replacement, considering the team’s nationwide popularity and booming success.