Marcus Smart, Jeff Orr Release Statements On Shoving Incident [VIDEO]
After receiving a three-game suspension from league play, Marcus Smart stepped forward and released a statement on the incident that happened last night here in Lubbock. Texas Tech fan and booster Jeff Orr also released a statement on the situation.
During a press conference hosted by Oklahoma State, Smart had this to say:
"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. This is not how I conduct myself, this is not how this program is ran. This is not how I was raised. I let my emotions get the best of me..."
Jeff Orr released this statement:
"I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere apologies to Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, Tubby Smith and the Texas Tech Men's Basketball program. My actions last night were inappropriate and do not reflect myself or Texas Tech, a university I love dearly. I regret calling Mr. Smart a "piece of crap" but I want to make it known that I did not use a racial slur of any kind..."
Smart will serve his suspension until February 22, the same day Texas Tech will visit the Cowboys in Stillwater.
Tech Athletics put out a video from the floor of the game, in which you can vaguely hear what sounds like the "piece of crap" statement that Orr allegedly stated. See that video here: