Latest NBA statement: WARRIORS INVESTOR MARK STEVENS BANNED ONE YEAR AND FINED $500,000
OAKLAND, Calif., June 6, 2019 - The NBA and the Golden State Warriors today announced that Warriors investor Mark Stevens has been banned from attending NBA games and Warriors team activities for one year and has been fined $500,000 for pushing and directing obscene language toward the Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of The Finals last night. The incident occurred with 10:37 remaining in the fourth quarter when Lowry dived into the spectator stands while chasing a loose ball.
Stevens' ban is effective immediately and carries through the 2019-20 NBA season, including the postseason.
NBA STATEMENT REGARDING WARRIORS INVESTOR MARK STEVENS
OAKLAND, Calif., June 6, 2019 - The following statement has been issued by Mike Bass, NBA Executive Vice President, Communications, regarding the conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens at Game 3 of The Finals last 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. As the review of this matter continues, Mr. Stevens will not be permitted to attend NBA games."
WARRIORS STATEMENT RE: LAST NIGHT'S INCIDENT INVOLVING WARRIORS INVESTOR MARK STEVENS
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 sincerest 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.
Here are Kyle Lowry's remarks on the incident following Game 3.
After being shoved by a court-side fan, @Klow7 would like to see the NBA issue a lifetime ban. pic.twitter.com/ondjEfvN5L- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 6, 2019