Venture capitalist Mark Stevens has been banned from the rest of the NBA Finals after last night shoving Toronto Raptor’s player Kyle Lowry and hurling expletives at him after Lowry crashed into a row of seats. Notably, Stevens was not impacted by Lowry but rather can be seen on video rising out of his chair to push the NBA star as he tried to regain his footing.
The episode is an embarrassment to the Warriors, as Stevens, a former Sequoia Capital partner who spend nearly 23 years with the firm and today manages his own fund through a family office called S-Cubed Capital, is a minority owner of the team as well as an executive board member.
The Warriors issued a statement about the episode this morning, writing 😛 TAGEND
Mr. Stevens’ behavior last night did not reflect the high standards that we are seeking to exemplify as an organization. We’re extremely disappointed in his actions and, along with Mr. Stevens, offer our sincerest 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.
Meanwhile, a shake Lowry said last night of Stevens, whose identity was discovered by Axios this morning:” The fans have a place; we love our fans. But fans like that shouldn’t be allowed to be in there, because it’s not right. I can’t do nothing to protect myself. But the league does a good job, and hopefully they ban him from all NBA games forever .”
Lowry hasn’t commented since the news transgres that Stevens is the individual who shoved him, but other players are beginning to speak out about the penalty, which they think isn’t sufficiently severe. Among them is LeBron James, who tweeted a bit ago:” Ok cool but still ain’t enough! They did exactly what they had to do. Get in front of it before anyone else and plus there’s merely 4 games left( 2 max in GS ).”
Stevens was featured in March of this year on Forbes’s list of the world’s( then) 2,153 billionaires. Indeed, Stevens is believed by the outlet to have amassed a $2.3 billionfortune over the years. He bought a stake in the Warriors’ franchise in 2013.
Ok cool but still ain’t enough! They did exactly what they had to do. Get in front of it before anyone else and plus there’s merely 4 games left( 2 max in GS ).
— LeBron James (@ KingJames) June 6, 2019
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