VIDEO: Marcus Smart shoves fan near end of OSU loss at Texas Tech
This is going to be the talk of the weekend, unfortunately. Smart's actions here will likely also lead to a suspension.
UPDATE: Oklahoma State told CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish that the school will hold a press conference at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday. Smart will attend the press conference along with OSU coach Travis Ford. Smart is expected to make a statement but not take questions. This comes on the heels of reports in which Smart alleges a racial slur was used against him just before his shove against a fan late in OSU's loss at Texas Tech.
Texas Tech surprisingly beat Oklahoma State 65-61, but that's not going to be the story. Not at all.
Marcus Smart, as you can see above, put his hands on a fan. He shoved the man, who has been identified as Jeff Orr, a fan "who lives in Waco and travels to most Tech home games and several road contests," per the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. And this is not the first time Smart's behavior has been in question. He recently kicked a chair and stormed off the court during an OSU loss.
This is obviously so much worse than that. Regardless of what the man said to Smart, behavior like this won't be tolerated. You'd have to believe a suspension will be coming. An ESPN report early Sunday morning from an anonymous Big 12 official stated Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby will review the incident Sunday under the conference's sportsmanship policy.
Smart attempted to make a play on the ball in the closing seconds of the game on Saturday night. He fouled Jaye Crockett on a breakaway attempt. Smart landed on the ground, was helped up by another fan, but something said behind him caused Smart to turn and confront the man seen in the video above.
"I'm still trying to figure it out," OSU coach Travis Ford said in the postgame press conference, adding that he had not seen video yet.
When asked for his reaction to Smart's shove, Ford also put off answering anything specific.
"I don't know what happened yet," Ford said. "I haven't seen it yet."
Smart was not ejected for the action, and even after the game ended could be seen on the broadcast trying to make his case for why he acted the way he did.
“I really didn’t see it,” Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. “The frustration, when you’re losing sometimes. I’ve been there before. It can be tough. I’m sure he regrets doing that, whatever he did.”
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