For a guy with the last name "Smart," Oklahoma State's biggest star did something pretty stupid on Saturday night. With 6.2 seconds left in the Cowboys' eventual 65-61 loss to Texas Tech, Marcus Smart shoved a fan standing on the baseline.
Updates from Sunday, Feb. 9
Jeff Goodman of ESPN has the scoop on Smart's upcoming suspension:
ESPN provided video of the incident:
The fan has been identified by John Helsley of The Oklahoman as Jeff Orr. Doug Gottlieb of CBS provides details of Orr's take on the situation:
Orr has been called "Texas Tech's Number One Fan" and appeared in this video assembled by the university:
Orr also made headlines when a previous video of him antagonizing a Texas A&M player went viral:
ESPN's SportsCenter Twitter account (via ESPN's Jeff Goodman) provided a synopsis of one Texas Tech AAD discussing the incident:
Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated offers his thoughts on the situation:
Until more information is known about what the fan said to incur Smart's wrath, it's appropriate not to rush to judgment. Many will argue, though, that somebody as talented as Smart should know better than to make contact with a fan under any circumstances.
Cowboys head coach Travis Ford remained measured in his response and confirmed that Smart hadn't been ejected from the game, per SportsCenter:
He added that he hadn't watched any replays of Smart's push, per CBS Sports' Matt Norlander:
Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde was indignant that Smart wasn't ejected and thought that the longer he was on the bench, the more it courted disaster:
Jabari Parker tweeted his support of Smart:
Gottlieb thought keeping Smart on the bench spoke volumes about Ford and the way he's handling the team at the moment. The Cowboys have lost four in a row and five of their last six. Stevie Clark was also dismissed from the team earlier in the month:
Obviously, since Smart is a collegiate athlete, he can't be slapped with any sort of fine. Most likely, as Forde pointed out, the sophomore guard will be looking at a heavy suspension:
Of course, what gets lost in all of this is that Texas Tech beat the No. 17 Cowboys. It's one of the Red Raiders' biggest wins this season and gets them over .500 (12-11).
ESPN's Fran Fraschilla was one of likely many upset that the story of the game is focusing on Smart rather than the actual result:
Much of the discussion will also focus on how much Smart's NBA draft stock is affected. As ESPN's Max Bretos noted, the player will likely have wished he would've entered the pros last season, thus avoiding a year in Stillwater littered with bad PR:
It's doubtful that in the grand scheme of things Smart's potential NBA career has been derailed that much, but this is a major black mark on his time at Oklahoma State.