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Fan push Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of the NBA Finals
« on: June 06, 2019, 05:39:25 PM »
The fan who pushed Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals has been identified as Golden State Warriors part-owner Mark Stevens.

Axios was the first outlet to identify Stevens, who pushed Lowry from two seats away as the All-Star careened into the front row of the Oracle Arena crowd in the fourth quarter of Toronto’s 123-109 victory on Wednesday night. Lowry, who was attempting to save a block by teammate Serge Ibaka from going out of bounds, confronted Stevens and could be seen complaining to officials about the incident.

Toronto Star sports columnist Bruce Arthur confirmed the Axios report, adding that a source informed him that Stevens told Lowry multiple times, “Go f- - - - yourself.”

“There's no place for that,” Lowry told reporters when asked about the encounter after the game. “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.”

That was before the fan was identified as Stevens, who joined Golden State’s ownership group when Vivek Ranadive sold his equity in the team to purchase the Sacramento Kings in August 2013. In a press release from 2013, Stevens was described as a longtime Silicon Valley venture capitalist, a board member for both the University of Southern California and Harvard Business School’s California Research Center, and a part-time lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

“Mr. Stevens’ behavior last night did not reflect the high standards that we hope to exemplify as an organization,” the Warriors said in a statement on Thursday. “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 barred Stevens from attending the remaining Finals games, and the league took it one step fewer, suspending Stevens indefinitely from NBA games. Stevens has also been suspended indefinitely from all team activities, according to multiple reports. Both the team and the league are still investigating the matter.
“I will also personally apologize to Kyle and the Raptors,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters at Thursday’s media availability. “That’s unacceptable.”
In addition to being banned from the rest of the Finals, Mark Stevens has been suspended indefinitely from any team activities, per a team source.

The word I'm getting: Warriors part-owner Mark Stevens, who shoved Kyle Lowry last night, will be making a public apology and providing a donation to Kyle's "Lowry Love Foundation."
 
But, that said, Stevens has yet to reach out to Lowry in the aftermath of the incident.

Calls for curbing fan behavior have increased significantly this season after a highly publicized confrontation between Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook and a fan of the Utah Jazz. Two fans were issued lifetime bans as a result. The Boston Celtics also suspended a fan for two seasons after Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins reported an attendee’s alleged racist language.

“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,” NBA executive vice president Mike Bass said in a statement announcing the indefinite suspension.

The NBA reportedly issued a league-wide memo calling on teams to create public-service announcements that stressed the “importance of respect and civility” among fans. That a team owner crossed the line on national television in a Finals game is of grave concern to a league that counts player safety as a top priority.

“There’s absolutely no place in our beautiful game for that at all,” Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James said of Stevens’ behavior in an Instagram post on Thursday. James called for swift disciplinary action from the league. He also took to Twitter to say the ban from the few Finals games left was not punishment enough.

"We are closely monitoring both the Warriors' and the league's continued investigation into this matter and anxiously await their conclusions and response,” National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts said in a statement. “The NBPA has previously expressed its support of a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy with respect to verbal and/or physical assaults perpetrated against players. Stevens' status as a member of the ownership group does not alter that view."

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, the first vice president of the players’ union, also addressed the incident with reporters at Thursday’s Finals media availability.

“I hope it gets handle the right way,” said Iguodala, “and I’ll leave it at that.”
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Re: Fan push Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of the NBA Finals
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2019, 05:47:08 PM »
So what do y'all think about having Fans at Courtside?
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Re: Fan push Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of the NBA Finals
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2019, 05:54:55 PM »
Fans....yes
Lunatic fanatics.....no

I get the fact that these folks pay premium prices for these seats but over time you are seeing that it’s time for the association to put up some barriers in all arenas to avoid this and other incidents which could increase in severity and intensity.



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Re: Fan push Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of the NBA Finals
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2019, 07:11:14 PM »
Courtside seats are the very worst of capitalism on display.

Poor people sit at home and watch:

working class people sit in the nose bleeds.
Middle class people sit in the middle
the upper class sit on the courtside
and the working rich play on the floor

Its just so stratified.

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Re: Fan push Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of the NBA Finals
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2019, 09:36:18 PM »
Courtside seats are horrible.
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Re: Fan push Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of the NBA Finals
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2019, 03:35:15 AM »
As an investor/7% owner this man clearly will make more than the 500k that he’s being fined over the next quarter. No one has even mentioned the fact that this is literally work place violence as a manager/employer physically lashed out on an employee.

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Re: Fan push Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of the NBA Finals
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2019, 05:36:08 PM »
Yes it was a mess and now this guy has a lifetime Banned on attending any NBA Games. :nod:
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Re: Fan push Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of the NBA Finals
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2019, 12:53:31 PM »

technically, it could've been considered an "assualt".  his actions were totally "uncalled for".  i just don't understand the minds of folk who are like that...

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Re: Fan push Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of the NBA Finals
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2019, 06:14:29 PM »
In hockey they have the glass barrier.

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Re: Fan push Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of the NBA Finals
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2019, 09:38:07 AM »
The glass barrier is more for the pucks. In some arenas, behind the benches are wide open and fans  have been known to throw drinks and stuff on the players.  :no:


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