Saturday night’s incident between Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart and Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr was a tough situation to watch. Smart was wrong for reacting like he did no matter what the fan said. It is pretty clear that the kid was frustrated and the fan said something negative to prompt that reaction.
Oklahoma State has been under the pressure of huge expectations and have been disappointing. This team was picked in the top 10 prior to the campaign. Now, near the end of a game that marked a fourth consecutive loss, Smart went after the fan and clearly shoved him. The situation could have escalated even further, with the potential of an ugly mess out there, like the brawl involving the Pistons and Pacers years ago. Fortunately, it did not get worse.
The guy involved in the Smart mess is not a true fan as he is classless. I saw another incident on YouTube of him in a game vs. Texas A&M in which he was out of line. It is sad when a 50-year old has to resort to such behavior at a game.
The bottom line is, no matter what that so-called fan said, Smart should not have used his hands to shove that individual! As a player, you have to ignore what is said by people in the stands. They often try to get under your skin and affect your performance. They are rooting for the home team and often cross the line with negative comments.
I felt the three-game suspension was warranted and Smart will learn from his mistake. He is basically a good kid whose actions were out of frustration and we wrong.