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The NBA issued a statement regarding Mark Stevens, the man identified Thursday morning as the person who shoved Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night.
“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,” Mike Bass, NBA Executive Vice President, wrote in a statement. “As the review of this matter continues, Mr. Stevens will not be permitted to attend NBA games.”
Near the end of the game Wednesday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry flew into the stands to chase a loose ball. As Lowry picked himself up and attempted to return to the court, a man sitting courtside gratuitously shoved Lowry on the shoulder and appeared to say something to the point guard.
The fan was not identified until the next morning, when Axios broke the story that the man who shoved Lowry was Stevens, a Warriors minority owner and prominent Silicon Valley investor with an estimated net worth of $2.3 billion.
Prior to the NBA issuing a statement, the Warriors issued their own statement, saying that Stevens “will not be in attendance at any of the remaining games of the 2019 NBA Finals” and that a review of the matter was ongoing.
The Raptors won Game 3, 123-109, to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
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