NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: Punishment for Warriors part-owner Mark Stevens 'appropriate'

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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.
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OAKLAND, Calif. — NBA commissioner Adam Silver called the one-year ban and $500,000 fine for a Golden State part-owner “appropriate.”

Mark Stevens was at the center of a play in which he shoved Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and uttered profanities at him during the fourth quarter of Toronto’s Game 3 victory on Wednesday.

“There’s not some rulebook I can look to here for what precisely to do,” Silver told a small group of reporters Thursday afternoon at an NBA Cares event where a youth community center was refurbished. “I try to balance all the different factors here, and once again, I think this was a fair outcome and I will say we did take into account how contrite Mr. Stevens was.”

Silver said the league and the Warriors began investigating the incident “immediately after it happened at the game.”

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