Reaction to the Marcus Smart shove at Texas Tech game
With the chaos in Lubbock, plenty of reporting, opinion and speculation soon cropped up. Plenty of it insightful, too. A snippet of the reaction.
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You know the drill these days. Something happens, goes viral, and Twitter becomes part of the conversation. We get a tone for how the tenor of the discussion will be in the immediate future. With Marcus Smart shoving a fan near the end of Oklahoma State's 65-61 loss at Texas Tech Saturday night, college basketball's No. 1 story of February instantly appeared -- mostly for worse.
Here's how the reaction unfolded in the ensuing 30 minutes.
Fans storm the court. Smart was caught in it, was still yelling and had to be escorted away by a Cowboy staffer.— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) February 9, 2014
@YahooForde Literally had to be pushed off the court by an OSU staffer. Was caught in the court-storming and was pointing and yelling.— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) February 9, 2014
Marcus Smart is ruining his reputation this season. This is just unfortunate and ugly.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) February 9, 2014
Remember that thing about Marcus Smart needing to work on keeping his calm? Yeah, doesn't look like he worked on that.— Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) February 9, 2014
Smart was unavailable after the game. Markel Brown, the only #okstate player who was available, repeatedly said he didn't see what happened.— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) February 9, 2014
So maybe Marcus Smart should've gone pro?— Brett Edgerton (@EditorEdge) February 9, 2014
Marcus Smart just pushed a fan, provoked only verbally. Unacceptable. Travis Ford has a major, major problem on his hands.— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) February 9, 2014
Doesn't matter what the fan said. You cannot react like that to words. Marcus Smart is going to sit, folks.— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) February 9, 2014
Eddie Sutton wouldn't bring his family to Lubbock, worst things said I have ever heard... Still have to walk away— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) February 9, 2014
No excuse for Marcus Smart to have done that no matter what was said to him. I'm shocked he wasn't ejected.— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) February 9, 2014
This is what an implosion looks like, poor leadership by Travis Ford... Can't keep Marcus on the bench.. Bad decision— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) February 9, 2014
Marcus Smart can't handle losing. Sad and embarrassing for him and for Oklahoma State right now. Sad it diminished great win for Texas Tech— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) February 9, 2014
After Smart shoved the fan (an older man), he complained that someone had done him wrong. Wasn't accepting responsibility for what he did.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) February 9, 2014
I like Marcus Smart but this situation is crazy.— TJ Ford (@tj_ford) February 9, 2014
Marcus Smart has had a remarkable journey, showing great poise through most of career. This was an unacceptable display of frustration. Sad.— Eric Prisbell (@EricPrisbell) February 9, 2014
my take: from a disciplinary standpoint, what smart reacted to shouldn’t matter much. from an outrage standpoint, it should matter a lot.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) February 9, 2014
Funny how the 20 year old player has to show restraint, but the 50 year old fan does not.— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) February 9, 2014
No Marcus Smart.. Come on young fella. Gotta be smarter than that.. Man.. He's gonna feel awful when he watches that.— Kim English (@Englishscope24) February 9, 2014
The scary part of this whole situation is that 15 seconds later the fans stormed the floor. This could have been really, really ugly.— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) February 9, 2014
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