Marcus Smart Suspend Three Games For Shoving Fan [Video]
Oklahoma State player Marcus Smart has been suspended for shoving a fan at a Texas Tech game on Saturday.
He apologized to his team, and everyone around him in a press conference yesterday.
“I want to apologize to the fan, whose name is Jeff Orr. I want to apologize to him. I want to apologize to my teammates, to my coaching staff, Coach Ford, my family, Oklahoma State University. This is not how I [conduct] myself, this is not how this program is ran. This is not how I was raised. I let my emotions get the best of me.
Just can’t let that happen again. This is a lesson I’ll have to learn from. The consequences that are coming with it, I’m taking full responsibility. No finger pointing. This is all upon me.
I just want to really apologize to those that are very important to me. I feel like I let my teammates down. These guys mean a lot to me. Not to be able to be out there with them, it hits me in my heart. I have a lot of people that look up to me, a lot of little kids, so once again, I truly apologize. This is not me. I really do apologize for it. Like I said, I take full responsibility and the consequences that come with it.”
According to Smart at the time of the game he had alleged “super fan” Jeff Orr had called him the “n”-word. It has since been confirmed by Texas Tech that he had called Smart a “piece of crap,” during the game which is what made Smart react in the way he did. Orr apologized to the Oklahma State star.
“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,” Orr said in a statement. “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 will ironically return to face Texas Tech again in Oklahoma State.
Watch Smart’s press conference below.