Warriors ban minority owner from NBA Finals for shoving Raptors’ Kyle Lowry

The Warriors have banned team minority owner Mark Stevens from the rest of the NBA Finals after he pushed Raptors guard Kyle Lowry in Wednesday night’s Game 3 loss.

“Mr. Stevens’ behavior last night did not reflect the high standards that we hope to exemplify as an organization,” the Warriors said in a news release Thursday morning. “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. There is no place for such interaction between fans — or anyone — and players at an NBA game.”

The Warriors and NBA are investigating the incident between Stevens and Lowry.

Stevens became a minority owner in 2013, taking over the share once held by current Sacramento Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive.

Early in the fourth quarter Wednesday, while pursuing a loose ball, Lowry collided with two fans and knocked one of them back. He was lying on top of the fans, slowly trying to stand up and return to the court, when Stevens reached over and shoved Lowry in the left arm.

Lowry glared at Stevens and yelled to referee Marc Davis, who listened but didn’t take any action against Davis. Moments later, Stevens was ejected, according to team spokesman Raymond Ridder.

“There’s no place for that,” Lowry said in his postgame news conference. “He had no reason to touch me. 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.”

Stevens was a partner at Sequoia Capital, the venture capital firm that backed Apple, Cisco, Google and Yahoo, from 1989 to 2012, after which he started his own firm, S-Cubed. He currently serves on the board of San Jose chipmaker Nvidia and the University of Southern California’s Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Mary, have donated more than $100 million to USC. Forbes estimates his net worth at $2.3 billion.

San Francisco Chronicle business editor Owen Thomas contributed to this report. Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: cletourneau@sfchronicle.com. Twitter: @Con_Chron

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