Marcus Smart shoved this Texas Tech fan after Smart fell into the stands during a block attempt late in the Cowboys 65-61 upset loss to the Red Raiders.
Surprisingly, officials assessed a technical foul but did not eject him.
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Smart then walked away, pointing back in the fan’s direction.
The fan who Smart shoved is Jeff Orr, an air traffic controller in Waco, Texas, who travels thousands of miles each year to attend Texas Tech basketball games, according to athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal.
Smart has claimed to Oklahoma State coaches that Orr called him a racial slur, a member of the basketball program confirmed to ESPN.
After the game, Smart was “down and remorseful,” the team official told ESPN, claiming that the sophomore guard “got caught up in the moment.”
Beal told ESPN that high-ranking officials at Texas Tech already have spoken with Orr. Beal said he is uncertain whether the school will issue a statement about the incident.
“We have never had an issue with [Orr] crossing the line in the past,” Beal told ESPN.
Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford declined to discuss the incident in his postgame news conference.
“I didn’t see it yet. I want to make sure I see it and see what happened,” Ford said. “I’m still trying to figure it out.”
It’s gonna be hard to figure out if the N-word was used or Smart is using that as an excuse for his actions. The only way will be if a witness or one of the two parties involved come clean
One thing for sure, it’s embarrassing that Smart couldn’t even knock this old guy down.