Mark Stevens, a minority owner of the Golden State Warriors, was handed bans by both the team and the NBA following his shove of Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday evening.
Shortly after the Warriors announced that Stevens would not be allowed to attend any of the remaining NBA Finals games, the venture capitalist – worth a reported $2bn – was given an immediate one-year ban from all NBA and Warriors activities and a $500,000 fine.
“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,” the NBA said in a statement.
Stevens, who is a member of the Warriors’ six-person executive board, has been a part owner of the team since 2013. He was also ejected from the game by officials at Oracle Arena.
“There’s no place for that,” Lowry told ESPN. “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. Hopefully, he never comes back to an NBA game.”