Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr denies slur, won't attend more games this season
Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr denied using a racial slur on Saturday night.
Texas Tech conducted its own investigation of Saturday's night incident involving Marcus Smart and a fan, announcing its findings on Sunday evening.
Jeff Orr, the Texas Tech fan, denied using a racial slur toward Smart on Saturday night but will not attend any more games this season.
The school said that Orr admitted he used an inappropriate phrase and also volunteered his punishment.
Tech interviewed Orr, other fans, photographers and other personnel in the area.
Here is Orr's complete statement:
"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. Additionally, I would like to offer my apologies to Texas Tech fans that have been embarrassed by the attention this incident has created."
Smart was suspended three games by the Big 12 for pushing Orr in the final seconds of Saturday night's game. After committing a foul on a Texas Tech dunk attempt, Smart got to his feet and shoved Orr.
"I want to apologize to the fan, whose name is Jeff Orr, I want to apologize to him, my teammates, my coach," Smart said at a press conference Sunday evening. "This is not how I [conduct] myself. I just can't let that happen again. It's a lesson I'll have to learn from. It's all upon me. I truly apologize to all those that are important to me. I feel I let my teammates down."
Texas Tech beat Oklahoma State on Sunday night, 65-61. Smart was assessed a technical for the incident, but was not ejected from the game. It was the Cowboys' fourth loss in a row. Smart is eligible to return from his suspension on Feb. 22 against Texas Tech.
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