Marcus Smart, the Oklahoma State Cowboys' star college basketball player, has been suspended for three games for shoving a fans in the stands of their game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. According to ESPN on Feb. 9, the suspension was handed down by Oklahoma State in reaction to the incident.
The incident took place after Smart fell behind the basket. He was being helped up when he got into an argument of words with a Texas Tech fan sitting at court side. Smart then shoved the fan and received a technical foul.
Smart said that the fan made a racial slur towards him, which led to the shove. After pushing the fan, the man, a middle aged air traffic controller named Jeff Orr, just laughed at Smart. In a statement, Orr said that he called Smart a "piece of crap" but never used a racial slur.
The only punishment that can come to fans has to come from the school where the incident occurred and Texas Tech cleared Orr of any wrongdoing, saying there was no evidence outside of Smart's accusation that a racial slur was used.
Two players from the past chimed in on Twitter. Former Texas A&M Aggies star Bryan Davis said that Orr used to talk "crazy" to him every time he played in Texas Tech. Former Baylor Bears star John Lucas III said that Orr talked "crazy" to him as well and then mentioned how Orr is a grown man talking to college kids in this way.
Despite all that, Texas Tech believes Orr is the model citizen here and Marcus Smart will now serve his three game suspension for retaliation.