Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart Shoves Texas Tech Fan During Saturday’s Game
Saturday night’s Texas Tech Red Raider Basketball 65-61 win over Oklahoma State was overshadowed by an incident during the final 6.2 seconds of the game.
Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart was running full speed to try to block a Jaye Crockett lay-up attempt from behind. Smart ended up fouling Crockett and his momentum took him into the first row of the stands behind the basket. Smart and a fan exchanged words and he then shoved the fan. Referees assessed Smart with a technical foul, but he wasn’t ejected from the game.
Footage of the incident can be seen here:
OSU head coach Travis Ford during his postgame comments said he didn’t see the play live and hadn’t seen any video of it. He did hear Marcus Smart’s side of the story but he wasn’t prepared to discuss what Smart had said.
After the game, Kelly Hines of the Tulsa World reported that an OSU radio announcer heard what Smart told coaches and teammates after being assessed the technical foul.
Radio analyst John Holcomb confirms what he said on air: He heard Marcus Smart say the fan called him the n-word.
— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) February 9, 2014
Via social media, the fan in question was identified as Jeff Orr. CBS Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb posted a photo of a text conversation involving Orr and one of Gottlieb’s Texas Tech sources.
“wasn’t vulgar or the N Word” another text from Orr – #MarcusSmart
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) February 9, 2014
The Big 12 Conference is expected to review the incident on Sunday. Oklahoma State’s next game is Tuesday vs. Texas.