LeBron James demands action after Warriors part owner shoved Kyle Lowry
LeBron James took to Instagram to post a scathing screed over the incident during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night involving a fan shoving Kyle Lowry. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar demanded “swift action” to reinforce the notion that player safety is of the utmost importance to the NBA.
The fan involved in the incident with the Toronto Raptors star was identified by multiple sources as Mark Stevens, a venture capitalist who joined Golden State Warriors ownership in 2013.
The altercation occurred after Lowry leapt into the stands in an effort to save the ball from going out of bounds. The fan shoved Lowry after the play and was later escorted out of Oracle Arena.
James posted footage of what occurred on Instagram and wrote a lengthy diatribe about the ugly situation that concluded with the hashtags #ProtectThePlayers #PrivilegeAintWelcomeHere.
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There’s absolutely no place in our BEAUTIFUL game for that AT ALL. There’s so many issues here. 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. Just think to yourself, what if @kyle_lowry7 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
Once Stevens was identified, the Warriors issued a statement condemning his conduct. The statement also noted Stevens will not be attending any further NBA Finals games with the Raptors.
Warriors statement on investor Mark Stevens after the sideline incident involving Kyle Lowry in Game 3.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) June 6, 2019
Team says he will not be attending any more Finals games and it will be investigating the incident further. pic.twitter.com/1aA3ZKzu6h
The NBA and the Warriors are said to be still investigating what occurred. It remains to be seen how the league and the team handles the complexities presented by Stevens’ role with the team, but it’s clear the NBA world will be watching intently.