Marcus Smart Plays Dumb


LUBBOCK, TX – Down 63-61 with less than 10 seconds to go, Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart trailed Texas Tech senior forward Jaye Crockett, who was driving down the lane going for the a dunk. In an attempt to block Crockett’s dunk, he fouled the Red Raider. Smart’s momentum took him into the stands behind the basket.

Marcus Smart could be a top-five pick in this summer's NBA Draft.

Marcus Smart could be a top-five pick in this summer’s NBA Draft.

As Smart was helped up by a nearby photographer, a Texas Tech “super-fan”  – Jeff Orr – said something to set off the Oklahoma State superstar. According to Texas Tech athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal, Orr is from Waco, Texas and “travels thousands of miles each year to attend Texas Tech basketball games.” After the Cowboy gets up, he walks over to Orr. The two exchange words and Smart shoves him. The sophomore received a technical foul, and sat on the bench for the remainder of the game.

Oklahoma State, who is in the midst of a five-game losing-streak, are self-imploding. Smart’s latest on-court meltdown doesn’t help.

According to ESPN, Smart told his coaches that “Orr called him a racial slur.” No matter what a fan says, it is not right for the point guard to react that way. As the leader of a spiraling Oklahoma State squad, Smart must keep his composure and lead by example. Did Smart have a right to push Orr? Yeah, maybe. But that doesn’t mean he should have.

In that moment, Smart came undone and cost the team. With No. 19 Oklahoma State’s chances at making the NCAA Tournament dwindling and a tough road match-up at No. 15 Texas Tuesday, the Cowboys will be without their superstar. Without Smart for the next three games, Oklahoma’s chances of making the NCAA Tournament might be finished. The Smart suspension is only the latest speed bump for this Oklahoma State squad. The Cowboys will need to rise from this as a unit, and use this mishap as a bounce-back point for the rest of the season.

If you’re the Big 12 commissioner, what would you do? Is three games too harsh, too little or just right?

Here is the ESPN coverage of the incident.

Fake Sandy Alderson, Suburban Matt and Big Al Sternberg, tomorrow.

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D.J. Eberle: The youngest of our team, D.J. is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native is playing OT for Western New England University - right now. Like Junoir Blaber, he's a regular on Rugby Wrap Up - his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it's the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @Ebstide52
  • RugbyWrapUp

    His aggression might be better served on the rugby pitch! Speaking of which, you Americans should watch Short Matt interview the Boss of Team USA, who has been accused of managing your nation’s team – and their dwindling Olympic hopes for Rio – like a Wilpon or Dolan:

  • FakeSandyAlderson

    I think the punishment was appropriate. However, this was NOT Dennis Rodman kicking a Photographer in the nuts or Ron Artest World Metta Peace Queensbridge Artest during the Malice at the Palace. This is a 19 year old KID. 19! I did and said some pretty stupid things when I was 19, so let’s not lose sight of that.

    • Meet The Matts

      Thank the Lord that Al Gore didn’t invent the Information Super Highway while we were smacking fans pink in college!

  • Cookies Corner

    Apparently this ‘college’ thing is to get further education. College athletes seem to forget that and no one really cares.

    If this Marcus dufus can’t figure out that someone said something with the SPECIFIC intent of inflaming him to do something and get kicked out of the game, well.. then he deserves whatever he gets and the free ride he was probably given to his college in the FIRST place should be given to a more deserving kid for a (wait for it…) EDUCATION.

    • Nick Erbcoker

      Apparently it was a racial slur – and he did stay in college when everyone said he’d be a first-round pick. I’d love him on the Knicks – who teased me for 3 quarters yesterday.

      • Junoir Blaber

        Your Knicks education should have taught that no matter how tough, they will find a way to lose a game.

  • AngryWard

    The rule is, anyone who is known as a “superfan” is usually a Class A tool.

  • Cheesybruin

    What bothers me most is Smart lying about being called a racial slur. The social sensitivities to use of these words magnifies almost all situations to the point where they explode. The fan is a douche but Smart should be held accountable for “crying wolf”.

    • SAF

      I have only tangentially followed this story, but I must ask upon what evidence have we determined that Smart lied about being called a racial slur?

      • Cheesybruin

        Sam, can’t we deduce that this aspect of the altercation was investigated given the sensitivity of racial slurs? It would be a bigger story than it already is should the word(s) be used. The super(douche)fan, in his statement, denied any slurs. Right, how do we believe one and not the other?,but in this day and age the outcry that follows usually is a fair barometer of the truth.

        • Meet The Matts

          Wait a minuite, Judge Cheesy… You’re speculating on all fronts here! It’s a pretty big story for not a lot from the kid. It was a shove and some finger pointing. Come on!

          • Junoir Blaber

            Get a lip-reader and be done with it.

    • DJ Eberle

      Honestly though, I don’t think Smart would have really pushed Orr if he actually called him a “piece of crap.” There’s something we don’t know. And I also believe that Texas Tech wouldn’t of asked Orr to not come to any more games this season if he only called Smart “a piece of crap.”

      • Meet The Matts

        Good points.

  • FakeSandyAlderson

    This “Super Fan” Orr is apparently insane. He literally travels all over the country following Texas Tech Basketball. Think about that for a second. He has gone as far as the Great Alaska Shootout to watch his team. It’s charming and quirky when a Dead Head for example has followed the band to 94 different dates and venues. This? This is just creepy. Super fan=Super Pedophile

    • Junoir Blaber

      Some people have crack, others have their college sports.

    • AngryWard

      Nah, I never found Dead Heads charming or quirky really. I found them more to be a bunch of loose-limbed nincompoops.

  • Different Matt

    Wait… They play college basketball before March? Who knew?!?

  • Yankee Joe

    Michael Samantha is a Mutts fan!!!!!!

  • GrindingAx

    While the “super fan” is a moron, we cannot believe that he would use a racial slur at a basketball game. Smart was dumb for reacting but the fat man was dumber. Creepy boosters that actually think they are part of the team should be banned. This guy should be exiled for life.

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