Twitter Reacts to Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart Pushing Texas Tech Fan

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2014

Jan 27, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart (33) reacts during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma won 88-76. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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By now, you've probably read about or seen video of the incident in which Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart shoved a Texas Tech fan on the baseline in the waning moments of the Cowboys' 65-61 loss to the Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas.

For those who haven't seen the shove, ESPN posted a video on YouTube.

Smart has been in the spotlight for much of the season, and not in a good way. He has earned a reputation as a serial flopper, and just recently, he kicked a chair on the bench in frustration during the Cowboys' 81-75 win over West Virginia on Jan. 25.

Up to this point, though, he hasn't done anything of this magnitude. Making contact with a fan like that crosses the line, and as a result, Smart could be looking at a lengthy suspension. According to, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby will take a deeper look at the incident on Sunday.

As you'd expect with an event so polarizing, social media has been abuzz throughout Saturday night and into early Sunday morning.

While much of the reaction is focusing on Smart, it's important to look at both sides of the spectrum and focus a little bit on the person he shoved. John Helsley of The Oklahoman identified the Red Raiders fan as Jeff Orr, who was profiled on Texas Tech's YouTube channel.

Smart told his coaches that Orr said "THE word," which was what set him off, per Ryan Aber of The Oklahoman:

Sports on Earth's Will Leitch was more surprised that the situation didn't escalate:

Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis said that if what Orr said was racist in nature, he should have his ticket privileges revoked:

Orr admitted that he may have let his actions get away from him, but he didn't say the "N word" or another vulgarity, per CBS Sports' Doug Gottlieb:'s Royce Young also thought the fan beside Orr deserved some ire from the sporting public:

Kevin Pelton of hopes that some sort of fan standards will be implemented down the line to prevent incidents like this:

Of course, there is other blame that will be meted out to other Cowboys figures, namely head coach Travis Ford. Both Gottlieb and ESPN's Dari Nowkhah thought that Ford and his staff should have handled Smart better and created a different atmosphere around the team:

After the game, Smart avoiding discussing the topic in any sort of depth, per SportsCenter:

There's also the narrative about how Smart decided to come back to Stillwater for another season, and it's been bad PR after bad PR. As USA Today's Dan Wolken said, few will probably be praising Smart at the end of the year for forgoing the NBA:

Ironically, Smart had spoken with's Jeff Goodman and reiterated that he was happy to have stayed at Oklahoma State for his sophomore season:

Fox Sports 1's Mike Hill is still of the opinion that Smart will be a lottery pick because teams will look at his undeniable talent:

This is only the beginning of the story. When all of the details come out, it's likely nobody will come out looking good.