There was an ugly moment during the Toronto Raptors Game 3 victory over the Golden State Warriors. While chasing down a loose ball, Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry ended up flying into some courtside seats.
While Lowry was stuck on top of a few fans, someone a few seats away reached over to shove the All-Star, and exchange a few vulgarities.
Kyle Lowry crashed into the seats, and a nearby spectator pushed him. pic.twitter.com/z9SLhdBpcq— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) June 6, 2019
The fan was later ejected without further incident.
Fan that pushed Kyle Lowry got ejected pic.twitter.com/TfNAccmhKa— Kid Presentable (@DFSBBallGuy) June 6, 2019
Shortly after the game ended, news came out that the fan was no ordinary fan. Instead, he was one of the minority owners of the Warriors.
Mark Stevens is a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital, and owns a share of the team. After his identity was revealed, the team publicly condemned his actions, and banned him from attending any remaining games in the 2019 NBA Finals.
Warriors announce that investor Mark Stevens is not allowed to attend any more of the NBA Finals after his inappropriate contact with Raptors guard Kyle Lowry pic.twitter.com/wkFA5TBgq2— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 6, 2019
Lowry was, understandably, upset about the incident after the contest, and noted that there’s no place in the game for those types of actions.
Lowry says there is no place at an NBA game for the fan who pushed him on the sideline. pic.twitter.com/dHG9sPKtis— ESPN (@espn) June 6, 2019
Others chimed in, including superstar LeBron James, who felt the Warriors punishment was not severe enough. It’s hard to disagree with that.
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
Hopefully we don’t see Stevens at a game again anytime soon, and hopefully this is the last time an incident like this occurs at a game for a while.