Not only did the Golden State Warriors lose last night, but they also had to release an official apology to one of the Raptors' star players, Kyle Lowry. Mark Stevens, co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, got physical with Lowry during Game 3 in Oakland, California. Lowry had jumped into a row of courtside seats to block the ball from going out of play when the Warriors owner pushed Lowry and reportedly made vulgar remarks towards the player.
Axios first made the discovery that the out-of-line fan was none other than venture capitalist and part-owner of the Golden State Warriors, Mark Stevens. Stevens has since been banned from attending the remainder of the NBA Finals. Ouch.
Here's the Warriors' official apology to Lowry and the Raptors, where they mention that Stevens will not be in attendance for the remainder of the Finals games:
So, how did Lowry feel about this? Well, let’s just say the player had some choice words for Stevens after the game:
There’s no place for that,” Lowry said to reporters. “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, you know, hopefully, he never comes back to an NBA game.”
Even LeBron James piped up about the incident on social media. "When you sit courtside you absolutely know what comes with being on the floor and if you don’t know it’s on the back on the ticket itself that states the guidelines," LeBron wrote on Instagram. "But he himself being a fan but more importantly PART-OWNER of the Warriors knew exactly what he was doing which was so uncalled for."