NBA suspends Warriors investor one year for shove of Lowry

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry angrily responded to a push from Warriors investor Mark Stevens, left, during Game 3 of The Finals.

The NBA and Golden State Warriors have banned Warriors investor Mark Stevens for one year and fined him $500,000 for an altercation with Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, the league announced Thursday.

“A team representative must be held to the highest possible standard, and the conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens last night was beyond unacceptable and has no place in our league,” the league said in a statement. “As the review of this matter continues, Mr. Stevens will not be permitted to attend NBA games.”

The incident occurred in Game 3 of the Raptors’ victory in the Finals. They lead the series, 2-1. Stevens was removed from the game.

Stevens shoved Lowry after Lowry dove into the stands in chase of a loose ball.

Lowry said Stevens, 59, also used vulgar language “multiple times” during the incident.

“He’s not a good look for the ownership group they have,” Lowry said. “… A guy like that, showing his true class, he shouldn’t be a part of our league. There’s just no place for that.”

Stevens will not be permitted to attend games or any Warriors team activities during the suspension.