Report: Warriors' Mark Stevens Tried to Apologize to Kyle Lowry for Shoving PG

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2020

In this photo taken Wednesday, June 5, 2019, referee Marc Davis, left, gestures toward Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens, partially obscured in blue shirt, during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif. An NBA spokesman said Thursday the conduct of Stevens at Game 3 of the NBA Finals was
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Golden State Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, who was banned for the entire 2019-20 season after shoving Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals, has reportedly reached out to the Toronto Raptors guard "many times" to apologize.

Tim Kawakami of The Athletic reported Stevens has not heard back from Lowry, who has criticized him several times after the incident. Lowry said Stevens told him to "go f--k yourself" as the Warriors part-owner shoved him after he went into the crowd going after a loose ball.

The NBA suspended Stevens for the 2019-20 season, banned him from all team activities and issued a $500,000 fine.

A team spokesperson confirmed Stevens, who owns between 2 and 10 percent of the Warriors, will return to the franchise's executive board upon his reinstatement.

"I take full responsibility for my actions last night at the NBA Finals and am embarrassed by what transpired," Stevens said last June. He continued:

"What I did was wrong, and there is no excuse for it. Mr. Lowry deserves better, and I have reached out today in an attempt to directly apologize to him and other members of the Raptors and Warriors organizations. I'm grateful to those who accepted my calls.

"I hope that Mr. Lowry and others impacted by this lapse in judgement understand that the behavior I demonstrated last night does not reflect the person I am or have been throughout my life. I made a mistake and I'm truly sorry. I need to be better and look forward to making it right."

Kawakami reported that Stevens reached out to "several" members of the Raptors organization to apologize privately. Lowry said at the time that he doesn't believe Stevens should be a part of the NBA.