The Big 12 Conference and Oklahoma State University announced Sunday that All-American guard Marcus Smart would be suspended three games for shoving a fan at the end of a game Saturday.
Oklahoma State held a news conference Sunday in Stillwater with Smart, coach Travis Ford and athletic director Mike Holder to address Saturday night’s incident.
As the Texas Tech Red Raiders were capping a 65-61 defeat of the Cowboys Saturday, Smart fouled a Tech player driving to the basket. Smart ended up behind the baseline on his back, apparently was taunted by a fan, turned around and shoved the man.
The fan was later identified as Jeff Orr.
“I want to apologize to the fan, whose name is Jeff Orr, to my teammates, to the coaching staff..., my family, and Oklahoma State University,” Smart said during the news conference. “This is not how I conduct myself… This was not how I was raised. I just let my emotions get the best of me… I take responsibility and the consequences that come with it.”
Smart will start his suspension at the next OSU game Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Texas.
In a statement the Big 12 Conference said while suspended, Smart will not be allowed to travel with the team or participate in game day activities. He will be allowed to practice.
Ford said the decision was "collective" between Oklahoma State and the Big 12 Conference.
“No question, last night was not one of his finer moments… but I know Marcus Smart’s heart,” Ford said. “I know how he’s hurting. I know his regret… He has proven to us on many times what a great person he is.”
Holder said the university has had no contact with Orr since the incident.