Lubbock, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The Texas Tech fan who was shoved by Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart reportedly used racial slur, prompting the player to retaliate.
According to a report, Smart repeatedly told a Texas Tech official while he was being led to the locker room that the fan, later identified as Jeff Orr, called him the N-word.
Also, CBS Sports analyst and former Oklahoma State player Doug Gottlieb relayed texts that Orr sent to a mutual friend following the game. The texts indicate that Orr admitted saying something, but the Texas Tech alum also denies using the n-word.
Smart was given a technical foul but was not ejected from the 65-61 loss to the Red Raiders. He was still courtside and angry as fans in Lubbock stormed the court following the upset win.
Orr was recognized as a Texas Tech basketball’s “No. 1 fan” in 2010 by the school’s website. The school even did a video piece on him in 2010.
He is a 1983 Tech graduate who is well-known for being one of the most passionate fans of his alma mater, driving and flying thousands of miles to follow the team.
A Big 12 spokesman said the conference will review the incident in accordance with its sportsmanship policy.
The policy prohibits “verbal or physical abusive acts” toward officials, other players, coaching staffs, institution personnel and fans.