- A Golden State Warriors fan sitting courtside reached over and shoved Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry after he dived into the crowd chasing a loose ball during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.
- Lowry and the fan exchanged words, and the fan was later escorted from his seat. After the game, Lowry called for the fan to be barred from all NBA games.
- On Thursday, Axios reported that the fan who shoved Lowry was Mark Stevens, a billionaire venture capitalist and minority owner of the Warriors – read more here.
- The Warriors and NBA have since released a joint statement announcing that Stevens had been banned from NBA games and team activities for one year and fined $US500,000. Read more here.
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Kyle Lowry called for a fan sitting courtside at Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday to be barred for life by the league for shoving the Toronto Raptors star guard after he dived into the crowd chasing a loose ball.
Early in the fourth quarter, as the Raptors were working to hold off one more late charge from the Golden State Warriors, Lowry dived into the crowd, attempting to keep the ball in play, and landed on some fans sitting courtside.
As Lowry got up, a fan wearing a blue shirt sitting near where Lowry landed reached over and shoved the player.
The fan was later escorted from their seat.
After the game, Lowry was still clearly frustrated with what happened.
“There’s no place for that. He had no reason to touch me,”Lowry told reporters. “He had no reason to reach over two seats and then say some vulgar language to me … Hopefully, he never comes back to an NBA game.”
Speaking with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, Lowry further explained his feelings about the interaction.
“In our league, there’s no place for that,” Lowry said.
He added: “The fans have a place; we love our fans. But fans like that, they shouldn’t be allowed to be in there, because it’s not right. I can’t do nothing to protect myself. But the league does a good job, and hopefully they ban him from all NBA games forever.”
On Thursday, Axios reported that the man who had shoved Lowry was not just any fan, but venture capitalist Mark Stevens, who has an ownership stake in the Warriors.
In a statement, the Warriors offered an apology to Lowry, adding that Stevens would not be attending any more games through the 2019 NBA Finals and that a review of the matter was still ongoing.
The league also admonished Stevens’ actions in a statement:
A team representative must be held to the highest possible standard and the conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens last night was beyond unacceptable and has no place in our league. As the review of this matter continues, Mr. Stevens will not be permitted to attend NBA games.
Lowry finished the game with 23 points and nine assists, and the Raptors were able to hold on to win, 123-109, to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Game 4 is Friday night at Golden State.
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