UPDATED: Marcus Smart, star guard for Oklahoma State University, was suspended for three games after he pushed a Texas Tech fan during a game in Lubbock, TX, after allegedly being called the n-word. The fan has been identified as Jeff Orr. Smart issued an apology Sunday evening. He said, “This is not how I condone myself, this is not how I was raised.””I take the responsibility and the consequences that come with it.”
The Cowboys were down by two points when Marcus Smart ran back on defense and blocked a lay-up by Jaye Crockett with just seconds on the clock. Smart was called for a foul. He stumbled over someone standing on the baseline and fell in the front row of the stands. As he was helped up to his feet, he turned towards the stands and immediately went after Jeff Orr, who was clearly saying something to him. Smart pushed Orr with both hands to the chest. The older man stumbled but didn’t fall.
Marcus Smart was given a technical foul and sat out the rest of the game on the bench. Now, if Jeff Orr called Marcus Smart the n-word or ‘a piece of crap,’ he was clearly in the wrong and was very disrespectful. Being a superfan doesn’t give him the right to verbally abuse Texas Tech opponents. But it’s equally shameful that Marcus Smart put his hands on this man. Two wrongs don’t make it right. He should have taken the high road.
Jeff Orr also issued a statement, saying he will stay away from Texas Tech games for the remainder of the season. He said, “I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere apologies to Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, Tubby Smith and the Texas Tech Men’s Basketball program.” “My actions last night were inappropriate and do not reflect myself or Texas Tech – a university I love dearly. I regret calling Mr. Smart a `piece of crap’ but I want to make it known that I did not use a racial slur of any kind.”
Radio analyst John Holcomb confirms what he said on air: He heard Marcus Smart say the fan called him the n-word.
— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) February 9, 2014
Text convo from my Tech friend w/Orr- Orr is Tech's biggest fan-everyone knows him, he goes to every game pic.twitter.com/1ZlN6gAdz3
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) February 9, 2014
Video of Marcus Smart shoving Jeff Orr: