Game 3 of the NBA Finals was forced to pause early in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night after a fan sitting courtside shoved Kyle Lowry, who had leaped into the crowd to chase after a loose ball.
On Thursday, Axios reported the fan who shoved Lowry wasn’t just any fan sitting courtside but that it was Mark Stevens — a billionaire venture capitalist who also owns a minority stake in the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors later confirmed his identity.
On Instagram, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James called out Stevens for his actions, echoing Lowry’s sentiment that there is no place for such behavior in the NBA.
“There’s absolutely no place in our BEAUTIFUL game for that AT ALL,” James wrote. “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