OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - The Golden State Warriors not only lost Game 3 of the NBA Finals, but the team is also apologizing for the actions of one of its owners.
Mark Stevens is a billionaire venture capitalist from Atherton and one of the minority owners of the team.
He was sitting court side Wednesday night, when Toronto Raptors' guard Kyle Lowry went into the crowd, going for a loose ball.
Cameras recorded Stevens reaching out and shoving Lowry afterwards.
Lowry was angry and accused Stevens of uttering "a couple of vulgar words" at him.
Stevens was eventually escorted from his seat.
As a result, Stevens was hit with a $500,000 fine and is banned for one-year from all NBA activities.
The Warriors issued a statement Thursday morning about the incident.
"Mr. Stevens’ behavior last night 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. There is no place for such interaction between fans—or anyone—and players at an NBA game.
Mr. Stevens will not be in attendance at any of the remaining games of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Review of this matter is ongoing."
The NBA released a statement Thursday regarding the incident reiterating that Stevens won't be allowed at NBA games saying, "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."
JUST IN: @NBA & @warriors announce #Warriors team minority owner Mark Stevens banned one year from #NBA games; fined $500,000 for pushing and swearing at @Raptors player last night. pic.twitter.com/33uL5n2LfG— Maureen Naylor (@MaureenKTVU) June 6, 2019
Amid the backlash, Stevens responded saying he was embarrassed by his actions and accepts full responsibility. He's a 59-year-old married father, who runs the firm, S-Cubed Capital. Employees say he was not in the office on Thursday.