(NEW YORK) — Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart has been suspended three games by the Big 12 for shoving a fan at the end of the Cowboys’ 65-61 loss to Texas Tech Saturday night.
The incident occurred with 6.2 seconds left in the game, with Oklahoma State down by two points. Texas Tech’s Jaye Crockett was attempting to throw down a dunk on a breakaway when Smart fouled him from behind, sending the Cowboys’ guard into the stands. Smart was being helped up when a fan said something to him, and Smart turned around and shoved him. Smart received a technical foul for the incident but was not ejected.
Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford, athletic director Mike Holder and Smart held a press conference to discuss the incident on Sunday.
“I want to apologize to the fan, whose name is Jeff Orr. I want to apologize to him. I want to apologize to my teammates, to my coaching staff, Coach Ford, my family, Oklahoma State University,” Smart said. “This is not how I (conduct) myself, this is not how this program is run. This is not how I was raised. I let my emotions get the best of me.”
Smart is the No. 6 prospect in ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford’s 2014 NBA Draft rankings.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News