Golden State Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens has reportedly tried to personally apologize to Kyle Lowry for shoving the Toronto Raptors point guard during the fourth quarter of Game 3 of last year’s NBA Finals, according to Tim Kawakami of The Athletic.
Kawakami reports that Stevens — who received a one-year ban and $500,000 fine for his actions, and is set to return to “full, active status as a Warriors stakeholder” soon — has personally tried to apologize to Lowry “many times,” but hasn’t heard back from the NBA veteran. Stevens says he reached out to several members of the Raptors organization to apologize as well, according to The Athletic.
The incident in question occurred when Lowry dove into a row of courtside seats in an effort to save a loose ball during that Finals run. Stevens, wearing an NBA-issued credential, was seated about two spots away from where Lowry landed. Stevens shoved Lowry in the upper body, and Lowry said he repeated a vulgar phrase to him about four times during the brief incident.
Said Lowry of Stevens after the Game 3 incident:
“The ownership that they have that I know, they’re unbelievable guys. But a guy like that, showing his true class, he shouldn’t be a part of our league. There’s just no place for that.
“I don’t know him. I don’t care to know him. He showed his true colours at the time. And you show what you’re really about in that time and at that moment. … You showed what you really are.”
It appears Lowry did not get his wish, as Stevens will return to the Warriors’ executive board once the 2019-20 NBA season is over, per Kawakami.
With files from The Associated Press