Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Latest: NBA calls Lowry shove 'beyond unacceptable'

June 06, 2019 - 2:30 pm
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the incident during which Toronto guard Kyle Lowry was shoved by a courtside Warriors' fan (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

An NBA spokesman says the conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens at Game 3 of the NBA Finals was "beyond unacceptable."

NBA Executive Vice President for Communications Mike Bass says that Stevens will not be permitted to attend games until the review of the matter is complete. The Warriors had already said he wouldn't be attending any more games in this series.

Bass says, "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."

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11:05 a.m.

A person with knowledge of the situation says the NBA is also investigating the incident where a Golden State Warriors investor shoved Toronto's Kyle Lowry during a stoppage in play of Game 3.

The person says the credential issued to the investor, Mark Stevens, for the series has been deactivated. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because neither the league nor the team has divulged specifics of the ongoing probe.

Because Stevens is a team executive, he could face sanctions from both the NBA and the Warriors. The Warriors have already said he will not be at any more games in this series.

— AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Oakland, California

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9:35 a.m.

The Golden State Warriors say team investor Mark Stevens will not be attending any more games in the NBA Finals, after he apparently shoved Toronto star Kyle Lowry during Wednesday night's contest at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors say they and Stevens "offer our sincere apology to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors organization for this unfortunate misconduct."

The Warriors say their probe into the matter is ongoing.

Forbes identifies Stevens as a venture capitalist. It's unclear how large his ownership stake in the Warriors is.

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12:15 a.m.

A fan seated courtside for Game 3 of the NBA Finals was ejected after shoving Kyle Lowry when the Toronto Raptors star crashed into a row of seats while trying to save a ball from going out of bounds.

Lowry was visibly upset and tells The Associated Press that the man made vulgar comments.

Lowry says "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."

Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder and security officials confirmed the fan who shoved Lowry was ejected and escorted from Oracle Arena.

Lowry ran down a loose ball early in the fourth quarter and jumped in the air as it was going out of bounds, not far from where Warriors owner Joe Lacob was sitting. Lowry knocked the ball into a referee and landed in the lap of one male fan who appeared to grab Lowry's jersey with two hands.

A female who was standing nearby patted the veteran guard on his back. At the same time, a man wearing a blue shirt who was sitting down extended his left arm and gave Lowry a hard shove in his left shoulder.

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