As the details from the Marcus Smart shoving incident become clear, it appears that no racial slur was used by the fan, Jeff Orr. Instead, after Texas Tech reviewed the altercation, it was revealed that Orr told Smart he was a “piece of crap.” Texas Tech released the following statement from Orr regarding the incident.
“I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere apologies to Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, Tubby Smith and the Texas Tech Men’s Basketball program. My actions last night were inappropriate and do not reflect myself or Texas Tech – a university I love dearly. 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. Additionally, I would like to offer my apologies to Texas Tech fans that have been embarrassed by the attention this incident has created.”
As a result of this incident, Orr has voluntarily agreed to not attend a Texas Tech home or away basketball game for the remainder of the season. Smart has been suspended by the Big 12 for three games.