The Ugly Push, The Wonderfully Dignified Response, The Enormous Fine
Justice, NBA style, is swift.
The NBA has acted decisively and quickly after an ugly incident in game three of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors.
This all started when Raptors Guard Kyle Lowry ended up in the courtside seats in the fourth quarter, after athletically leaping to retrieve a ball which was heading out.
Crowd dude game-shoved Lowry. Dude also flung some particularly unsavoury words his way. Dude turned out to be Mark Stevens, an investor in the Warriors and a member of the team's executive board.
This same dude has now been banned from the NBA for a whole year and fined $500,000.
In a measured tones in the press conference after the game, Lowry confirmed that Stevens had told him to go "blank" himself multiple times.
"I understand that there are plenty of fans and kids in the world watching this game and me being a grown man and having kids myself... my kids could always go back and see that," 33-year-old Lowry said.
"I hold myself to a high, high standard."
It showed. And Lowry's chief rival in this series, the Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, thought so too.
Meanwhile, the game's greatest player LeBron James chimed in with his thoughts. Like most people, he had very little sympathy for a bloke who knew exactly what you're getting himself into when you sit courtside.
The Warriors also issued a statement. In part it read:
"Mr. Stevens' behavior last night did not reflect the high standard that we hope to exemplify as an organization.
We're extremely disappointed in his actions and, along with Mr. Stevens, offer our sincere apology to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors organization for this unfortunate misconduct."
For the record, the Raptors won the game and now lead the defending champs 2-1 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals series.
They're seeking a first-ever NBA title for the Canadian franchise.
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