NBA bans Stevens 1 year, fines him $500,000

Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said the fan that shoved him in Game 3 of the NBA Finals should not be allowed to be part of the league going forward.

7 June 2019 | 01:01

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 7 June 2019 | 01:01

In this photo taken Wednesday, June 5, 2019, referee Marc Davis, left, gestures toward Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens, partially obscured in blue shirt, during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif. An NBA spokesman said Thursday the conduct of Stevens at Game 3 of the NBA Finals was "beyond unacceptable." (AP Photo)

OAKLAND, Calif.: The NBA has banned Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens from attending games and any Warriors team activities for one year, and has fined him $500,000 for shoving Toronto guard Kyle Lowry.

Stevens’ ban is effective immediately and will carry through the entire 2019-20 season, including the playoffs.

The NBA said its investigation found that Stevens pushed and directed obscene language toward Lowry.

Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said the fan that shoved him in Game 3 of the NBA Finals should not be allowed to be part of the league going forward.

Lowry said Mark Stevens, the Warriors’ investor who shoved him, is “not a good look for the ownership group that they have” with Golden State. He’s also thankful for the support he’s gotten from other NBA players, including LeBron James — who he had a text exchange with Thursday.

Lowry said Stevens “shouldn’t be a part of our league.” Many other members of the Raptors offered similar sentiments Thursday.

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