NBA prospect Marcus Smart lost his cool and shoved a fan in the stands during an Oklahoma State loss to Texas Tech. However, details on what caused to Smart to react the way he did are still iffy, but the consensus is that a racial slur was hurled the sophomore guard’s way.
Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart shoved a Texas Tech fan in the final seconds of the 19th-ranked Cowboys’ 65-61 loss to the Red Raiders on Saturday night in Lubbock, Texas.
Smart tried to block Jaye Crockett’s dunk attempt from behind with 6.2 seconds to go but stumbled out of bounds behind the basket. As he was being helped up, he appeared to exchange words with a fan in the front row before lunging for the fan and pushing him with two hands. The fan, wearing a black shirt, stumbled backward but did not fall.
Smart was pulled away, pointing back in the fan’s direction, and was assessed a technical foul but was not ejected. He remained on the bench until the final buzzer.
The fan that Smart shoved has been identified as 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.
What was the racial slur? Reportedly it was the n-word, but that has yet to be confirmed.
According to Black Sports Online, Orr admits he said something out of pocket.
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