Steve Kerr Apologizes for Warriors Part-Owner Pushing Kyle Lowry in Game 3 Loss

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2019

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 05:  Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors is pushed by Warriors minority investor Mark Stevens (blue shirt) after falling into the seats after a play against the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game Three of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. According to to the Warriors, Stevens will not be in attendance for the remainder of the NBA Finals as they look further into the incident. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called out team investor Mark Stevens for his actions in Wednesday's game.

"I personally apologize to Kyle and the Raptors," Kerr said Thursday, per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. "That was unacceptable."

However, he also acknowledged that he hasn't seen a replay of the incident:

Def Pen Hoops @DefPenHoops

Steve Kerr says he hasn't exactly seen what happened to Kyle Lowry last night but he did apologize to Lowry and the Raptors for the incident https://t.co/JBXF479FlV

Stevens was sitting courtside for Game 3 against the Toronto Raptors and appeared to shove Kyle Lowry after the point guard went out of play:

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Kyle Lowry didn't appreciate what happened in Game 3 https://t.co/a8vXBKW6I9

The Warriors apologized in an official statement Thursday, also noting that Stevens will not be allowed to attend any more games this series, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN.

The issue has become a major topic around the league, with LeBron James weighing in defending Lowry:

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LeBron sounded off on the Warriors minority owner shoving Kyle Lowry and the double standard the players face 💯 https://t.co/88KQkyR7Ia

The NBA released a statement, per Turner Sports' David Aldridge, calling the actions "unacceptable" while noting Stevens will not be able to attend any games while the matter is being reviewed.

It seems Kerr agrees with this assessment, although there is an added twist in the fact Stevens is a part owner and executive board member after purchasing shares of the team in 2013. 

Although he likely doesn't have quite as much power as majority owner Joe Lacob, it's possible he could have some authority over Kerr.

While the head coach has rarely been afraid to speak his mind, this could potentially lead to further problems within the organization down the line.