The spectator who shoved Kyle Lowry during the Raptors’ 123-109 victory over the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals is more than just a fan.
The man involved in the incident has been identified as Warriors part owner Mark Stevens, the team confirmed Thursday, while issuing an apology for Stevens’ actions.
“Mr. Stevens’ behavior last night did not reflect the high standards that we hope to exemplify as an organization,” the statement read. “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 have released a statement about last night’s incident involving Warriors investor Mark Stevens shoving Kyle Lowry, which includes an apology from the organization and says the investigation is ongoing: pic.twitter.com/E8OQN3GPOC
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Lowry flew into the seats while chasing after the ball early in the fourth quarter, landing on several courtside spectators. He was trying to regain his balance when Stevens reached over two seats and shoved the Raptors star.
Stevens was later escorted out of Oracle Arena, and the Warriors announced he will not attend any of the remaining NBA Finals games.
Here’s the fan that gave Kyle Lowry a bit of a push that had Lowry frustrated pic.twitter.com/A41HCGdMAY
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Lowry was frustrated after the game, calling for the NBA to permanently ban the spectator.
“The fans have a place; we love our fans,” Lowry told ESPN. “But fans like that shouldn’t be allowed to be in there, because it’s not right. I can’t do nothing to protect myself.
“But the league does a good job, and hopefully they ban him from all NBA games forever.”
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
Game 4 of the NBA Finals is set for Friday at 9 p.m. ET (ABC). The Raptors hold a 2-1 lead over the Warriors.