Warriors apologize for team investor that shoved Raptors Lowry during game three; Klay to play game four but Durant still out

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Warriors apologize for team investor that shoved Raptors Lowry during game three; Klay to play game four but Durant still out

The Golden State Warriors apologize to Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry after altercation with team investor during game three of NBA Finals

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Warriors apologize for team investor that shoved Raptors Lowry during game three; Klay to play game four but Durant still out

SHOWS: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JUNE 6, 2019)(NBA TV - Broadcasters: MUST COURTESY 'NBA TV' Digital: MUST COURTESY 'NBA TV') 1.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS HEAD COACH STEVE KERR AT PRACTICE DAY NEWS CONFERENCE 2.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS HEAD COACH STEVE KERR SAYING: "I have not seen the play.

I didn't see it last night, I saw the commotion afterwards but I haven't seen a replay and I didn't really even know the story until this morning.

I know our organization has put out a release, and I will let the release speak for itself.

It's really, you know, not my jurisdiction, but I will also personally apologize to Kyle (Lowry) and to the Raptors.

That's unacceptable." 3.

TORONTO RAPTORS PLAYER KYLE LOWRY SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE 4.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) RAPTORS PLAYER KYLE LOWRY AFTER BEING ASKED ABOUT INCIDENT WITH WARRIORS INVESTOR MARK STEVENS, SAYING: "I thank the Warriors for the statement they issued and the NBA also.

You know this is, you know what our league's about in protecting the players and like I said last night, there's no room in our game for that, you know in that situation I don't think I could've handled it any better, you know I'm glad I did what I did.

I understand that things could have been a lot different if I reacted a different way or if I did something or put my hands on him or did anything of that nature, but the support I've gotten from fellow players and the league has been unbelievable.

With that being said, you know, I think more should be done, I don't think that, he's (Stevens) not a good look for the ownership group that they have, and I know Joe Lacob, those guys are great guys, 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." STORY: Golden State Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, who shoved the Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors during a Finals game on Wednesday, has been fined $500,000 and banned from games for a year, the Warriors and the NBA said on Thursday (June 6).

Lowry tumbled into the front row of the crowd in Oakland while diving for a loose ball during the fourth quarter and Stevens, who was sitting courtside, used one hand to push the player as he was getting back on his feet.

Guard Lowry later said that Stevens also "said a couple vulgar words" to him.

Stevens, 60, was escorted out of the game and Lowry called for him to be banned from all future NBA games.

"Investor Mark Stevens has been banned from attending NBA games and Warriors team activities for one year and has been fined $500,000 for pushing and directing obscene language toward the Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry," the NBA and the team said in a statement.

Stevens late Thursday issued a formal apology saying he was embarrassed by his "lapse in judgement" and said he accepted the punishment.

"What I did was wrong and there is no excuse for it," he said.

"Mr. Lowry deserves better, and I have reached out today in an attempt to directly apologise to him and other members of the Raptors and Warriors organizations.

I'm grateful to those who accepted my calls.

"The behaviour 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." The Warriors earlier in the day issued their own apology to Lowry.

"Mr. Stevens' behaviour last night did not reflect the high standards that we hope to exemplify as an organisation," the Warriors said in a statement.

"We're extremely disappointed in his actions and, along with Mr. Stevens, offer our sincere apology to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors organisation for this unfortunate misconduct.

"There is no place for such interaction between fans -- or anyone -- and players at an NBA game." Stevens, who joined the Warriors' ownership team in 2013, is a billionaire venture capitalist who was a partner with Sequoia Capital until 2012 and is now a managing partner of S-Cubed Capital.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr echoed the team's statement.

"I will also personally apologise to Kyle and to the Raptors.

That's unacceptable," he told reporters.

Game Four will be held in Oakland on Friday, with the Raptors leading the best-of-seven series 2-1.

(Production: David Grip)

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