2:04pm: The NBA has issued its own statement on the issue, announcing that Stevens won’t be permitted to attend NBA games while the situation is reviewed.
“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 league’s statement reads.
The Warriors have also indefinitely suspended Stevens from taking part in any team-related activities, tweets Mark Medina of The Bay Area News Group.
11:34am: The Warriors fan who shoved Kyle Lowry following a play along the sidelines during Wednesday’s night game is a minority stakeholder in the franchise, according to Ina Fried of Axios, who reports that the person in question is venture capitalist Mark Stevens.
Before Stevens’ identity had been reported, Lowry called for the league or team to take action in response to the Game 3 incident, which occurred during the fourth quarter after the Raptors point guard fell out of bounds trying to save a loose ball.
“Hopefully, he never comes back to an NBA game,” Lowry told reporters after the game.
Once Stevens was identified, the Warriors didn’t hesitate to respond, issuing a press release today announcing that his behavior “did not reflect the high standards that we hope to exemplify as an organization.”
“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,” the Warriors said in a statement. “… Mr. Stevens will not be in attendance at any of the remaining games of the 2019 NBA Finals.”
The Warriors added that they’re continuing to review the situation, which suggests Stevens’ absence from the remaining games in this series might not be the end of the matter. It’s unclear whether Stevens’ stake in the team is in any jeopardy as a result of the incident.