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Marcus Smart shoved a Texas Tech fan (VIDEO)

Feb 9, 2014, 1:42 AM EST

In the waning moments of Oklahoma State’s 65-61 loss at Texas Tech, Marcus Smart went flying into the stands after making a block that could have potentially kept the game alive.

A fan in the crowd said or did something to Smart that caused him to lose control of his emotions, pushing the fan before yelling at anyone and everyone he could find.

This has been a tough season for the Cowboys. Originally thought to be a potential contender for the Big 12 title, the Cowboys have lost five of their last six games and all of a sudden are in a position where simply earning a big to the NCAA tournament may be in jeopardy.

Smart’s lost his temper before this season, but this was simply unacceptable. I have no doubt that the fan said or did something to Smart to prompt the reaction. It probably was vile, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the guy deserved to get punched in the face instead of simply being on the receiving end of a two-handed shove.

But you simply cannot shove a fan if you are a player. Glare at him. Yell back. Drop every curse word you can think of. But do not EVER physically contact a fan, especially when the video — which was played live on National Television — will clearly show you being the aggressor.

Even if, as has been reported, it is a white fan calling Smart, who is black, the N-word.

The question now isn’t whether or not Smart will be suspended, it’s how long he will be suspended for. My guess would be four games, but I would not be surprised if he doesn’t suit up again in regular season play.

  1. edbrowndesign - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Ironic I just watched 42 was thinking no way would that behavior go with out retaliation. NO! you can not say what ever you want and expect every one to turn the other cheek. After a history of whips, shackles, ropes and water hoses those who have endured just don’t have the same tolerance as those who inflicted it. Especially when the hatred is still so evident.

  2. oasis511 - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    There is a video of this same fan enthusiastically flipping off a Texas A&M player after a dunk in a different game. I have no problem with fans yelling and trying to agitate players, but I am tired of all the idiots who hurl obscenities and behave violently at games. We’ve all heard the stories of fans getting out of control and throwing drinks at one another, getting into fights, etc., at games.I was at a Cubs vs. Cardinals game in St. Louis once and witnessed Cardinals fans dumping beers on the Cubs fans in front of them. That’s uncalled for. It’s sad when you can no longer take kids to sporting events without worrying about what they’re going to see and hear.

    So while I don’t think Marcus Smart was right in his actions, I do believe it’s time for sports arenas and officials to start cleaning up the action IN the stands as well as on the court. Don’t allow this pathetic excuse for a “fan” back into the arena. He’s not a fan; he’s an ignorant bully who has no one left to bully but basketball players because he’s too fat and stupid to defend himself anywhere he might actually get in trouble.

  3. shaggytoodle - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:15 AM

    Never argue with an idiot, the only bring you down to their level

  4. tuberippin - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    As though being a paying customer allows you the freedom to be as much of a piece of garbage as you would like. Old guy probably deserved it. Too bad it’s going to be played out in a manner similar to Malice at the Palace.

  5. hiflew - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:10 AM

    The biggest problem here is that as soon as Smart made a move into the crowd, he proved the idiot fan right. These stereotypes are never going away as long as they are responded to. Smart should be suspended for the rest of the season

    As far as the fan goes, I agree that he should be able to say whatever he wants when he buys a ticket to a PROFESSIONAL sports event. This is an event that takes place on a college campus and he is talking to a college student. He should be banned for life from all future events on this campus.

    There are no good guys and no bad guys in this event, both guys are losers.

  6. onbucky96 - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    Bad look dude. Who’s the fan that hooked him?

  7. jr240483 - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    his actions was definitely uncalled for , but if its true that the fan was the instigator by using an offensive racial word on smart,then both of them needs to be held accountable with that fan getting the most severe punishment as in a permanent ban from attending any texas tech game.

  8. bbil2012 - Feb 9, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    This fat old windbag will donate more money to the school and him and the university administrators will have a good ole boy laugh about this and he will have his seat moved. And every time he gets drunk with his good ole boys they’ll laugh about it too.
    How about his sweet lady friend there too. I wonder what racial putdowns were coming out of her trap?

  9. djlexluger - Feb 9, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Suspended for the rest of the season? That’s too far 1 game is enough.

  10. jpat2424 - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Jr240483

    How do you know it was a racist slur?

  11. bkatl - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Dauster makes it sound as if the fan was in a wheelchair or using a cane. Being older than the blogger, doesn’t make the fan elderly.

    This was an able bodied grown man with the mental capacity of a 5 year old racist who thinks his donation to the booster club allows him to say and do whatever he wants.

    While Smart should and will get suspended, I hope Jeff Orr is banned from all future NCAA games.

  12. jrs45 - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    jpat2424,

    Lol click the link. That’s what the whole story is about. Hello????!

  13. shockertalk - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Marcus will only get a two game suspension (the Iowa coach got 1 game for bumping a ref) if credible evidence indicates that the “n” word was used. If not, a game or two more.

    The fan should get at least a two home game suspension as well, or be forced to go on the TV show Biggest Loser.

  14. musketmaniac - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    lol, I love this type of human interaction. what happened to home court advantage, the 6th man. Freedom of speech ? an unintelligent smart is still a stupid! I don’t care how racist the fan was or his level of stupidity. Your in Texas for Christ’s sake expect bullying and racism, its it about the only thing the state has left to offer.

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