Bay Area billionaire Mark Stevens was escorted out of Game 3 of the NBA Finals between Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, for shoving Raptors player Kyle Lowry.
He was fined $500,000 but, being a high net worth individual, how much will that hit his bank balance?
Lowry crashed into a row of front seats while diving to save the ball. And as he struggled to get on his feet, Stevens, who was sitting about two spots away, reached out with a hand to shove him. Lowry later said that Stevens uttered a “couple of vulgar words” as he shoved him.
A video of the incident (see below) shows that Stevens was not directly impacted when Lowry crashed into the front row seats.
Here's the fan that gave Kyle Lowry a bit of a push that had Lowry frustrated pic.twitter.com/A41HCGdMAY
— Board Man Gets Paid (@cjzero) June 6, 2019
The Warriors later issued a statement that Stevens had been banned from attending the remaining games of the NBA Finals (through to the end of the 2020 season) and that he had been fined $500,000.
“Mr. Stevens’ behavior last night did not reflect the high standards that we hope to exemplify as an organization,” the Warriors said in a statement released after the game. “Mr. Stevens will not be in attendance at any of the remaining games of the 2019 NBA Finals.”
Ok cool but still ain’t enough! They did exactly what they had to do. Get in front of it before anyone else and plus there’s only 4 games left(2 max in GS).
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 6, 2019
Most fans did not recognize Stevens when they watched him shove Lowry. So many were surprised when Axios later identified him as the billionaire venture capitalist and part Warriors owner Mark Stevens.
NBA’s decision to ban Stevens sparked a debate, with most fans condemning his action. Some even called for a lifetime ban, but a few defended him.
If that is Mark Stevens, he should be given a choice:
1) Sell his shares and never attend another NBA game;
2) Or stand at centercourt before Game 4, hands behind his back, and receive an open-handed slap to the face delivered by someone of Kyle Lowry's choosing. https://t.co/54jjxTSECs
— Danny O'Neil (@dannyoneil) June 6, 2019
If Kyle Lowry walked into Mark Stevens’s office and shoved him he would be arrested. https://t.co/BzjB13s6us
— Nathaniel Friedman (@freedarko) June 6, 2019
Trying to imagine anyone who deserves to have their head knocked off more than a billionaire VC dipshit who shoves an NBA player during a game https://t.co/lzbJcjMZXh
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) June 6, 2019
Wow. Prominent venture capitalist Mark Stevens somehow managed to make the Warriors more hatable. https://t.co/NlGhFOLUWr
— Kris M. Wernowsky (@kriswernowsky) June 6, 2019
Mark Stevens should give up his stake in the team and be banned from NBA games https://t.co/nIuMnPOoRN
— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) June 6, 2019
For all the backlash Drake got… the Warriors have a minority owner cursing at and shoving opposing players on the court?!
The NBA media is something else if they do not light Mark Stevens on fire for the next 36 hours. https://t.co/jWwREXDjxz
— Ben “Oh #23? Must be Peter Lambert, right?" Jones (@BenJonesNow) June 6, 2019
NBA legend LeBron James joined the conversation with an impassioned statement condemning Stevens.
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🗣There’s absolutely no place in our BEAUTIFUL game for that AT ALL. There’s so many issues here. When you sit courtside you absolutely know what comes with being on the floor and if you don’t know it’s on the back on the ticket itself that states the guidelines. But he himself being a fan but more importantly PART-OWNER of the Warriors knew exactly what he was doing which was so uncalled for. He knew the rules more than just the average person sitting watching the game courtside so for that Something needs to be done ASAP! A swift action for his actions. Just think to yourself, what if @kyle_lowry7 would have reacted and put his hands back on him. You guys would be going CRAZY!! Calling for him to damn near be put in jail let alone being suspended for the rest of the Finals all because he was protected himself. I’ve been quite throughout the whole NBA playoffs watching every game (haven’t missed one) but after I saw what I saw last night, took time to let it manifest into my thinking 🧢 I couldn’t and wouldn’t be quiet on this! #ProtectThePlayers #PrivilegeAintWelcomeHere
Stevens later released on statement apologizing for his behavior.
Even on an off-day, the NBA never fails … pic.twitter.com/Jej00zpec3
— Harrison D. Sanford (@HarrisonSanford) June 7, 2019
What is Mark Stevens’ net worth?
He was a partner with Sequoia Capital for 23 years and during his time the venture capitalist firm invested in several top tech companies, including Google, LinkedIn, and PayPal.
He left Sequoia Capital in March 2012 and started his own firm, S-Cubed Capital, in April 2012. He is now Managing Partner at S-Cubed Capital, which specializes in financial asset management and invests in technology, real estate, and agribusiness.
Before joining Sequoia capital in 1989, Stevens had worked at Hughes Aircraft and was a specialist in software, networking systems, and semiconductors. He later worked as a salesman at Intel Corp.
He acquired minority stakes in the Warriors in August 2013.
He is also a philanthropist. He and his wife, Mary, were among several billionaires who signed Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s Giving Pledge to give away half of their net worth.
He has also donated more than $100 million to the University of Southern California (USC).