OAKLAND (KRON)- The man sitting courtside who was ejected from Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night after shoving Raptors’ Kyle Lowry has been identified as Mark Stevens, minority owner of the Golden State Warriors.
The NBA has officially banned Stevens for one year and fined him $500,000.
Stevens’ ban is effective immediately and will carry through the entire 2019-20 season, including the playoffs.
The NBA says its investigation found that Stevens pushed and directed obscene language toward Lowry.
In a statement released Thursday, the Warriors apologized to Lowry.
“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,” the statement read. “There is no place for such interaction between fans – or anyone – and players at an NBA game.”
An NBA spokesman says the conduct of Stevens was “beyond unacceptable.”
Lowry says Stevens is “not a good look for the ownership group that they have” with Golden State.
He’s also thankful for the support he’s gotten from other NBA players, including LeBron James — who he had a text exchange with Thursday.
Lowry says Stevens “shouldn’t be a part of our league.” Many other members of the Raptors offered similar sentiments Thursday.
Warriors players are crediting Lowry for the way he handled the situation.
Curry calls it an “unfortunate situation all the way around” and that Lowry “handled it correctly.” He added that he does not know Stevens.
Curry says Stevens’ actions do not represent the way Warriors conduct themselves.
The star guard adds that it’s important to have “respect for the game all the way around — fans, owners, team, players, coaches, everybody — because there’s so much good happening on the court.”
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