During the 4th quarter of Game 3 between the Warriors-Raptors – Kyle Lowry found himself in some controversy after he ran after a loose ball and jumped in the stands to retrieve it.
He would be pushed by a fan as he tried to get up and would immediately complain to refs as to what happened. It was later reported that fan was escorted from his seat.
The following day, it was announced that the fan was actually Warriors part owner Mark Stevens and he would be banned from the remaining games of the NBA Finals.
Before that happened, LeBron James took to social media and called for swift action to happen to Stevens.
“There’s absolutely no place in our BEAUTIFUL game for that AT ALL.”
“When you sit courtside you absolutely know what comes with being on the floor and if you don’t know it’s on the back on the ticket itself that states the guidelines. But he himself being a fan but more importantly PART-OWNER of the Warriors knew exactly what he was doing which was so uncalled for.”
“He knew the rules more than just the average person sitting watching the game courtside so for that Something needs to be done ASAP! A swift action for his actions.”
LeBron continued … “Just think to yourself, what if [Kyle Lowry] would have reacted and put his hands back on him. You guys would be going CRAZY!! Calling for him to damn near be put in jail let alone being suspended for the rest of the Finals all because he was protected himself.”
“I’ve been quite throughout the whole NBA playoffs watching every game (haven’t missed one) but after I saw what I saw last night, took time to let it manifest into my thinking I couldn’t and wouldn’t be quiet on this! #ProtectThePlayers#PrivilegeAintWelcomeHere”
After the co-owner got banned from the rest of the NBA Finals — LeBron replied that it wasn’t enough.
Stevens joined the Warriors ownership group in 2013.
Despite his shove, the Toronto Raptors still went on to win the game and now lead the series 2-1.