Raptors Player Kyle Lowry Pushed by Cavaliers Fan

On Thursday January 30th, 2020, the Toronto Raptors were playing against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, Ohio. During the game, Lowry recovered a ball that had been thrown from Pascal Siakam and the ball had went off the court and into the crowd. Kevin Lowry fell into the crowd and on top of two fans. One of the fans who was a Cavaliers fan pushed Lowry back onto the court.

Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (7) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Darius Garland (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Cleveland. Toronto won 115-109. (Tony Dejak/Associated Press)
Kevin Lowry with the ball moving by Darius Garland of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the January 30th game (Source: Tony Dejak/Associated Press)

The incident took place during the end of the fourth quarter in the basketball game. The Toronto Raptors won the basketball game 115-109 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. In a video that was taken, it showed the moment when Lowry fell. There were two Cleveland Cavaliers fans that sat courtside at the game when Lowry fell onto them, while trying to recover the ball. The video showed the male fan placing his hand onto Lowry’s back and pushing him off of himself. Lowry is seen in the video looking back at that fan who pushed him with his hand as the game was still taking place. This was not the first time, in fact, that Kyle Lowry had been pushed by a fan. During the NBA Finals, there was a fan who pushed Lowry and been very vocal. The fan was a minority owner of the Golden State Warriors. He was both punished and prohibited from any of the games for one year.

During an interview after the basketball game, Kyle Lowry stated that, “I got pushed, and that’s the second time it’s happened to me. The next time it happens, I don’t know if I’ll be able to control myself. Fans like that shouldn’t be able to lay any hands on you and shouldn’t be a part of our game.” For this to have taken place not once, but twice, seemed to be quite a surprise.

With what took place during Thursday’s game, this incident can take place in any kind of sport, not just in basketball. Many fans can react differently to what is taking place during a sporting event with how minor or major a problem could take place. According to one sociologic study, there can be some aggressive actions that can take place with fans of sport. Even if sport fans do act out at any sporting event, whether it is towards a player, coach, or even towards other sport fans, can, therefore, result in fights, riots, and etc. among other individuals who are there at the sporting event watching. It is very unnecessary for any of this belligerent behaviour to begin no matter what, especially at a sporting event, such as a basketball game. Since there are many spectators usually at such large sporting events, some other sport fans could have come into the action that was taking place at Thursday’s basketball game. This incident that took place can show how fans can act at sporting events, such as at a basketball game.


Featured Image: Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors fell in the crowd and was pushed by a Cleveland Cavaliers fan during a basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (Source: David Richard, USA TODAY Sports)

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