Marcus Smart: Oklahoma State Star Shoves Fan — Shocking Video

Sun, February 9, 2014 11:41am EDT by 16 Comments

One of the biggest names in college basketball had a mid-game meltdown on Feb. 8 when he got physical with an opposing fan during his team’s loss to Texas Tech. Watch the video and tell us what you think — was he provoked?

Before Feb. 8, Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart was best known for being a potential NBA lottery pick in this year’s upcoming draft. But now he’ll be known as the basketball player who lost his cool and violently shoved a fan from an opposing team.

Marcus Smart Pushes Texas Tech Fan

After trying to block a Texas Tech shot with 6.2 seconds left in a game that Oklahoma State was losing, Marcus flew wildly into the front row of the crowd. As Marcus was being helped up, he appeared to exchange words with a fan who was wearing a Texas Tech shirt. After a quick back-and-forth, Marcus then lunged at the man and aggressively pushed him before heading back onto the court.

Marcus was assessed a technical foul, but he was not thrown out of the game.

The man who he pushed is Jeff Orr, according to ESPN, an air traffic controller from Waco, Tex. who travels thousands of miles each year to attend Texas Tech games. “We have never had an issue with [Orr] crossing the line in the past,” Texas Tech spokesperson Blayne Beal said after the game.

But reportedly according to Marcus, he was provoked by the avid Texas Tech fan. Marcus, who was reportedly “down and remorseful” following the game, has told coaches that Orr called him a racial slur, ESPN reports. Even still, Marcus has reportedly conceded that he lost his cool and “got caught up in the moment.”

Marcus Smart: Will He Be Punished For In-Game Altercation?

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby will reportedly review the altercation and determine whether Marcus deserves any further punishment. At this point a suspension seems likely for the Oklahoma State guard, though he will have an opportunity to tell his side of the story.

But maybe more important for Marcus, this incident could affect his NBA draft stock. “When you are loved more for your intangibles than your tangibles to begin with, how can it not?” a current NBA general manager told ESPN.

– Andrew Gruttadaro

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Do you!

Posted at 5:01 PM on February 9, 2014  

He could have just walked away no matter what the guy was saying.
You can’t solve your problems with violence.
What if the guy had fallen and cracked his head on something?
Smart should be smarter then that.
Don’t let your haters bring you down. Use it as motivation for playing better in the game. That would shut them up quickly!

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Sean Cates

Posted at 4:13 PM on February 9, 2014  

We need to stop attacking Smart. He may have responded poorly but the old guy was obviously the one who started it. Smart does need to learn how to not let these types of people get under his skin, and just turn the other cheek. Old guy should be forced to move back about 15 rows.

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Niner fan

Posted at 4:08 PM on February 9, 2014  

This is ridiculous. I would’ve done the same thing because the big old fat guy was talking crap! And yes I agree with everything Texas fan said. The wife should’ve been pushed too lmao

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Texas Fan

Posted at 3:18 PM on February 9, 2014  

You can see the big old guy talking smack to the player. Then after he ‘s pushed the wife has the nerve to point like they were the victims. Hilarious! Next time control your husband’s mouth instead of blaming others for the consequences. Yes, folks, there are consequences for mouthing off to others.

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Posted at 1:27 PM on February 9, 2014  

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Not a fan

Posted at 1:13 PM on February 9, 2014  

Yes, he was provoked. This fan is notorious for taunting and yelling at the players, for years. He’s borderline psycho. He would even show up to try and get in and talk to the coaches before games. He apparently called the player the N word (typical for a Texan). After he was shoved, his UGLY wife was pointing to the player like they were such victims. The players have to adhere to a code of conduct, but the fans should have to also. Troublesome fans like him should be banned.

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