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Warriors investor fined, banned from NBA for shoving Raptor Kyle Lowry

Last Updated Jun 6, 2019 at 8:53 pm EDT

The NBA has banned Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens from attending games and any team activities for one year, and has fined him $500,000 for shoving Toronto guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.

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.

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 and Warriors guard Steph Curry.

Curry called it an “unfortunate situation all the way around” and that Lowry “handled it correctly.” Curry adds that he does not know Stevens and that his 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.”

Golden State coach Steve Kerr also apologized to Lowry and the Raptors. The Warriors organization did the same earlier Thursday.

With 10 minutes left in the game, Lowry ran down a loose ball and jumped in the air as it was going out of bounds, not far from where Warriors owner Joe Lacob was sitting. Lowry knocked the ball into a referee and landed in the lap of one male fan who appeared to grab Lowry’s jersey with two hands.

A female who was standing nearby patted the veteran guard on his back. At the same time, a man wearing a blue shirt who was sitting down — now identified as Stevens — extended his left arm and gave Lowry a hard shove in his left shoulder.

Lowry got up and complained to officials, although nothing further happened.

“He had no reason to touch me,” Lowry said after the game. “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.”