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Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart suspended three games for shoving fan

Feb 9, 2014, 6:06 PM EDT

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With 6.2 seconds remaining in Oklahoma State’s 65-61 loss at Texas Tech on Saturday night, sophomore guard Marcus Smart shoved Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr after being taunted by Orr. Smart, who wound up close to the stands as a result of his challenging a Texas Tech layup attempt, was assessed a technical foul and removed from the game by head coach Travis Ford.

Smart apologized for his actions during a press conference on Sunday evening, and the Big 12 announced that he will be suspended for the Cowboys’ next three games. The first game Smart will miss is on Tuesday night, when the Cowboys visit No. 15 Texas.

“Mr. Smart’s actions were a clear violation of the Big 12 Conference’s Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Policy,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in the release.  “Such behavior has no place in athletics, and will not be tolerated.  I appreciate the efforts of Oklahoma State University athletics director Mike Holder in addressing this matter, and believe this is an appropriate response to an inappropriate action.”

Smart will also miss games against Oklahoma and Baylor, with the first game he can play upon his return being the Cowboys’ home game against Texas Tech on February 22. There’s never a good time for a situation like this, and the fact that Oklahoma State is already down one guard (Stevie Clark, who was dismissed from the program) makes the loss of Smart even bigger.

Without Smart in the fold for the next three games it’s likely that fellow sophomore Phil Forte III moves into the starting lineup. However the next best playmaker for the Cowboys has been Markel Brown, who’s second on the team with an average of 2.6 assists per game. Forte’s averaging just 1.1 assists per game, with much of his work being done off the ball prior to this point.

Any way you slice it, this is a major personnel loss for a team that’s lost four in a row and five of its last six games. And without their best playmaker, Oklahoma State’s in serious danger of going from being ranked in the Top 10 to not even making the NCAA tournament. How well the Cowboys perform in Smart’s absence will determine their fate.

  1. durno99 - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Not enough!

  2. musketmaniac - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    3 more losses and Oklahoma st. is done.

  3. bat42boy - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    I’m white, but it is a shame a so-called superfan can cause this trouble. The fan is the one who should be suspended for three games for his actions. Smart did best to keep his temper in tow.

  4. durno99 - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Stop it Batboy! Calling someone a piece of crap is not the N word. Slander at it’s peak!!!!!! Our country is real good at using race as a crutch instead of controlling their actions or poor ethic period!!!!

  5. vinsama - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Shoving someone is not keeping your “temper in tow”. He is a thug and should be out for the rest of the season.

  6. gmitch23 - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Lol thug. …. would he be a thug if he were white?

  7. durno99 - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Yup!

  8. raider8er - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    I don’t know what Orr said that made him turn around. It looks like the fan said ‘sorry about that’ just before the shove. Regardless, they were both out of line.

    Oh, and a black man is not automatically a thug if he loses his temper.

  9. djlexluger - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Here we go with the word “thug” again. A thug wouldn’t push someone. Like he said his emotions got the best if him he took responsibility for it.

  10. durno99 - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Should have been arrested! If a fan goes on the court and shoves a player does he get sent to his seat? I think not!!!

    • jamaicanjasta - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      I’m pretty sure the guy who instigated the Malice at the Palace (John Green) wasn’t arrested or even charged for almost a month. A guy who hit a player with a cup of beer and punched him; a guy with multiple DUI convictions, several felonies and was on probation for one of those DUI’s at the time. Is that what you guys mean by ‘thug’?

  11. djlexluger - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    You sir are an idiot.

  12. djlexluger - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    He shoved the guy stop with the phony outrage.

  13. durno99 - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Sharing your thoughts on a comment page does not make one an idiot! Calling names on one might…….your ball Luger!

  14. djlexluger - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Sharing your thoughts doesn’t make you an idiot no. But saying he should be arrested for shoving some blowhard does.

  15. jackvcr - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Wow! Three whole games. Way to be tough, guys. What a joke.
    Worried about loss of revenues whilst he’s not playing??

  16. bellerophon30 - Feb 10, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Smart was wrong in pushing like he did…….but he wasn’t the only one wrong here. Sounds like Mr. Superfan needs to shut his mug up. But no, he had to be part of the action, because he’s a superfan and that’s what they do.

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