Warriors Minority Owner Who Pushed Kyle Lowry Banned From NBA Finals

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Friday at 4 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Early in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry went after a loose ball near the sideline.

His momentum carried him into the courtside seats, and unfortunately this happened:

The fan who put his hands on Lowry is Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens.

Golden State issued the following statement on Thursday morning:

Mr. Stevens' behavior last night did not reflect the high standards that we hope to exemplify as an organization. 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.

Mr. Stevens will not be in attendance at any of the remaining games of the 2019 NBA Finals. Review of this matter is ongoing.

Stevens joined the ownership group in August 2013 and is an Executive Board Member.

"He had no reason to touch me," Lowry told reporters after Toronto's 123-109 win. "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."

Lowry was terrific on Wednesday night, recording 23 points, nine assists, one steal and one block.

Game 4 is Friday night at Oracle Arena.

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