SportsPulse: Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens was banned from NBA games for one year and fined $500,000. However, Kyle Lowry thinks the punishment should have been stronger.
OAKLAND, Calif. – The NBA moved quickly to punish Golden State part-owner Mark Stevens for his inappropriate conduct involving Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called the one-year ban from NBA games and Warriors activities and $500,000 fine appropriate.
Not all thought that was harsh enough considering a team investor – who should know better given the league’s stance on fan behavior – put his hands on a player in an antagonistic manner and then told Lowry to “Go (expletive) yourself” multiple times.
Civil discourse on the topic is important, and a longer ban and larger fine wouldn’t have bothered many. The ban was notable in this case, though, because the Warriors will move into the $1.4 billion Chase Center in San Francisco starting in the 2019-20 season.
Think about how excited owners and other high-end courtside ticket-holders are for that first season in a new arena. The billionaire Stevens won’t be part of those festivities all…