LeBron James has taken to Instagram to react to the Golden State Warriors fan shoving Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.
The fan, who has since been identified as Warriors investor Mark Stevens, has been banned from attending another game in this year's NBA Finals.
"We're extremely disappointed in his actions," the Warriors announced.
James posted his reaction on Instagram earlier this afternoon.
"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," he wrote.
"Just think to yourself, what if Kyle Lowry 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!"
LeBron is right. There's a double-standard when it comes to what we tolerate from fans and what we'll tolerate from players.
Thankfully, the Warriors have banned Stevens from attending another NBA Finals game, though that might not be enough of a punishment. We'll see if anything else happens moving forward.