STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart has been suspended three games by the Big 12 for shoving a fan in the closing seconds of the Cowboys' loss at Texas Tech on Saturday night.
Late in Saturday night's game at Lubbock, Texas, Smart shoved Tech fan Jeff Orr with two hands after it appeared the Red Raiders fan said something to the top NBA prospect. Teammates quickly pulled Smart away as he pointed back in Orr's direction.
Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford announced the suspension as he spoke in support of the All-America guard Sunday.
Smart apologized for his actions prior to Ford speaking at the news conference on the Oklahoma State campus.
"This is not how I was raised," Smart said. "I let my emotions get the best of me, just can't let that happen again. It's something I have to learn from ... the consequences coming with it, I'm taking full responsibility. No fingers are pointed. This is all upon me."
"I feel like I let my teammates down. These guys mean a lot to me. Not to be able to be out there with them, it hits me in my heart. I have a lot of people that look up me, a lot of little kids. I truly apologize. This is not me."
Meanwhile, Orr apologized to Smart, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith and the university for calling Smart a "piece of crap." Orr called his actions "inappropriate" and voluntarily agreed not to attend any more Texas Tech men's basketball games for the remainder of the season.
Texas Tech said video evidence from underneath the basket confirmed Orr's phrase directed toward Smart. But it cited the video evidence and witnesses in saying that no racist comment was uttered by Orr.
"I want to make it known that I did not use a racial slur of any kind," Orr added. "Additionally, I would like to offer my apologies to Texas Tech fans that have been embarrassed by the attention this incident has created."
Ford says Smart accepts his punishment and feels terrible. Smart will miss games against Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor.
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