Following the three-game suspension of Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, Texas Tech University announced Jeff Orr, the fan Smart shoved during Saturday night’s game, “has voluntarily agreed to not attend a Texas Tech home or away basketball game for the remainder of the season.”
During the final seconds of OSU's upset-loss at Texas Tech Saturday, Smart fouled a Tech player driving to the basket. While on his back behind the baseline, Smart was taunted by a fan. He then turned around and shoved the man, who was later identified as Orr.
Orr issued an apology Sunday to Smart, Oklahoma State University and the Texas Tech men’s basketball program. He also admitted to calling Smart “a piece of crap.”
"My actions last night were inappropriate and do not reflect myself or Texas Tech -- a university I love dearly,” Orr said. “I regret calling Mr. Smart a ‘piece of crap,’ but I want to make it known that I did not use a racial slur of any kind.”
In a statement, Texas Tech said they had completed their own investigation of the incident and were able to “verify that statement independently through video” and “at no point in the film can racial slur be heard.”
Texas Tech interviewed Orr as well as “numerous fans, photographers and arena personnel that were seated in the area surrounding him,” according to its statement.