Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart Shoved a Texas Tech Fan on National TV

February 9, 2014 at 12:24a    by DJ Byrnes    
Not a very smart move, Marcus.
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Oklahoma's Marcus Smart was considered a surefire NBA lottery pick last season. He shocked many when he decided to stay for his sophomore year, and that decision looked bad even before tonight when he shoved Jeff Orr, Texas Tech's alleged 'No. 1 fan.'

 

Ohio State assistant head coach Jeff Boals, any thoughts?


No, I doubt I would be surprised what adults say to 18-22 year-old kids. Hard to pass full judgement without knowing what the Texas Tech fan said, but let's not act like Marcus Smart knocked an old man out with a haymaker or anything. 

Orr was unprovoked and claimed what he said wasn't vulgar or the N-word, but admitted his "mouth said something it shouldn't have." Orr has a history of taunting players. (Fast forward to the last replay in this clip. You'll know when you see him.)

Smart's Oklahoma State Cowboys lost to Texas Tech, 65-61. It was the Cowboys' sixth loss on the season.


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Deadly Nuts's picture

Good to know that our PG can handle fans like that with class. 

LEBRON

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AngryWoody's picture

I bet it doesn't hurt his draft stock.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

AngryWoody's picture

lol. I gotta get twitter. The stuff people find on there is amazing.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

I was a hater on Twitter, but my then-college roommate, Kyle Rowland, talked me into it. I haven't looked back. Really awesome tool and the only "social media" I really mess with outside the occasional Instagram post featuring my cat.

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CCatanzaro's picture

You really shouldn't refer to Kyle as a tool, no matter how awesome.

Dairy-fed intellect and pure, unhinged sass.

 

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

When I saw this on twitter, I thought it was going to be something serious. The internet has disappointed me again.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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buckeye4life050233's picture
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el duderino's picture

Cue M Man, with a impassioned, outraged defense of Gibbons and Brady Hoke's "punishment" of him.

"This is a very complicated case: a lot of ins, lot of outs, lot of what-have-yous."

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sgehrich's picture

Had that been say, Amir Williams doing that, it would be the biggest story of the year. Of course, AW would have to show some emotion to do that... So unlikely.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

If that were Amir, people would be saying "Who the heck is Amir Williams?".

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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JakeBuckeye's picture

You act as if ESPN is shoving this story under the rug... This story is being overblown by ESPN, if anything.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

This story is being overblown by ESPN, if anything.

The moment they compared it to the Ron Artest incident, I turned the channel.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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FROMTHE18's picture

I don't think what he did was right, but Boals does shine some valuable perspective on the 'double standard' that exists between college players and fans. Physical violence is rarely ever the proper response but I doubt that Texas Tech fan is innocent of any wrongdoing. Im sure he had choice words that lead to the altercation. 

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rdubs's picture

And if this occurred the fan should be held responsible and banned from future games for at least the rest of the season and banned from sitting that close ever again.

To be honest I am just surprised Marcus Smart didn't flop when the guy said something to him.

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Hovenaut's picture

We see what happened, but I'm interested in hearing what led to that.

bucknut94's picture

Hyde was suspended for 3 games for being disrespectful to a female who bad mouthed him. Roby gets suspended for and altercation with bouncers. and this guy gets away with shoving a fan?

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DJ Byrnes's picture

To be fair, Roby was arrested and Carlos Hyde was a primary suspect in a police investigation.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

I expect a suspension will be forthcoming, from Other OSU or (if necessary) from the Big 12.

Smart might have been provoked, but you have to keep your cool. And now that it's known how easy it is to get him riled, it's only going to get worse. 

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mobboss1984's picture

He didn't get away with shoving a fan, he will be suspended. 

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johnblairgobucks's picture

the lady to the right of the shoved fan is a tad over the top ,as well. I might have been alright with the push ,if he had nailed her, instead of the guy.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

looks like someone just stole her purse.

LEBRON

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johnblairgobucks's picture

reminds me of the old "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" movie with Donald Sutherland

 

 

 

 

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bukyze's picture

Where's a lip reader when you need one?

 

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kingjamborah's picture

Classy. Fat, white and stupid is no way to go through life, Mr. Orr. To paraphrase Dean Wormer.

Good for Smart. He showed admirable restraint by not bitch slapping the two nasty old ladies that were baiting him along with Mr. Number One Fan. I know it's not politically correct but every time I see a player go into the stands and open a can of whoop ass on a fan who's been raining down insults on him (n-word or no) I just feel GREAT. I love to see the look on the "fans" face when they realize they just might be about to get their ass seriously kicked. 

JammaRamma

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skid21's picture

He showed admirable restraint by not bitch slapping the two nasty old ladies that were baiting him along with Mr. Number One Fan.

Seriously? Sometimes the high road is a good place to be. We tell elementary school kids to walk away from bullies. I'm not defending the fan at all but wanting to see old women get bitch slapped is not the direction I want to see sports go. If you play a sport you better get some thick skin in dealing with haters. What high profile player do we think hasn't had to deal with mouthy fans? Grow a pair and walk away.

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BuckeyeVet's picture

@KingJamborah - I can understand the visceral feeling of wanting to go off on the fans. But you might want to re-think your comment about bitch-slapping the old women. Not cool, even in jest.

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kingjamborah's picture

No. You're at the game. You're an old lady. You are backing up a skeevy old man telling an athlete to go back to Africa and calling him a reprehensible racial epithet? Brace for the bitch slap. Reconsider my remark, nay, Dude Guy. Thanks much, Homes.

JammaRamma

buckeyes7222's picture

obviously we need to know what the fan said, but does anyone else think it makes sense to suspend Smart/ban the fan for an equal number of games? People talk about the "double standard," but the fan has received tons of criticism.

And I wouldn't want to see Smart walk away with a two-game suspension while the fan is banned for a year and a half.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

It looked to me that the fan said "Go back to Africa" to Smart, then Smart shoved him.  Then looking at Deadspin, it appears that's precisely what was said, with possibly some n-words thrown in.  I don't know, on the one hand, Smart shouldn't react like that to something stupid that a fan says...on the other hand, the fan kind of deserves it if he said something racist like that.

Class of 2010.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

<Not sure why my comment posted twice>

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Retraction: definitely thought it was race driven

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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Jack_Q_Football's picture

actually, and I'm not defending the fan, but what he said was NOT racial. He called Smart a "piece of crap". TTU also interviewed all of the fans around the guy and the ushers and arena employees in that section, and every one of them said it was not racist

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jrich612's picture

He definitely said more than "piece of crap". You can tell by the inflection of his voice that the word "you" was not the start of his sentence. We probably won't know what happened or what was said at any point, but if someone puts a gun to my head and asks who I believe, I'm inclined to side with the player over the fan with a history of rude, obscene, and verbally abusive behavior. 

airborne082385's picture

Not condoning the fan by any means.  Mr. Smart is a kid at the end of the day however from the link above it looks like he is a liar.  You can clearly hear at the 20 second mark that Mr. Orr calls him a "Piece of Crap".  Marcus immediately begins moving towards the fan then the rest can be viewed on ESPN as back away no racial slur was uttered.  There is a multitude of audio equipment below the basket as well as the outcry by fans around Mr. Orr if he uttered a racial slur.  I think its a big deal Marcus uses a lie about a racial slur lie to condone his behavior.  

 

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

well that's a horse of a different color now isn't it? I retract my previous statement about the racial slur. I still find it absurd how low some fans will go though when addressing these kids.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Maestro's picture

When it happened I felt like the Tech fan must have gone 'N' word, and in that case I was willing to give Smart a little bit of the benefit of the doubt.  If he was actually just called a piece of crap I can't side with him in any way.  I understand that fans abuse players way more than we would like to know, but I don't think Smart had any business remaining on the bench for any length of time after the incident.  For his safety, if for no other reason, he should have been immediately ejected.  His punishment is fitting I believe.

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