Klay Thompson: Give Mark Stevens ‘benefit of the doubt’ in Kyle Lowry incident
Klay Thompson has weighed in on the incident involving Golden State Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens and Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday. The Warriors sharpshooter’s thoughts on the matter could raise some eyebrows, though.
Thompson, who missed Game 3 with a hamstring injury but is expected to play Friday night in Game 4, was asked about how Stevens shoved Lowry after the Raptors guard dove into the stands in an attempt to save a ball from going out of bounds.
While Thompson stressed it was not acceptable, he nevertheless seemed to defend Stevens to some extent.
“It was unfortunate,” Thompson told reporters Thursday afternoon, via the New York Post. “It wasn’t very cool. We’ll give him a little benefit of the doubt because I think that was his significant other that got toppled. It wasn’t like he threw a hard punch, just kind of a forceful shove.”
Stevens was fined $500,000 by the NBA and banned from attending games for one year as punishment for his actions. There are whispers that Stevens may be forced to surrender his minority stake in the Warriors at some point as well.
The Warriors organization, head coach Steve Kerr and Stevens himself ultimately apologized to Lowry and the Raptors for the incident.
Thompson’s comments on the matter stand in contrast to what other superstars have had to say about the incident, including condemnatory statements from the likes of LeBron James, not to mention Thompson’s teammate, Draymond Green.
That said, Thompson hopes everyone involved can move past the incident.
“He shouldn’t have done it, and I know he knows that,” Thompson said. “I think he’ll make amends and move on. That’s what life’s about.”