Shove costs OSU’s Marcus Smart a 3-game suspension

February 13, 2014

Oklahoma State’s slide continued Saturday with an upset loss to Texas Tech and a three-game suspension levied at All American Marcus Smart for shoving a fan in the Lubbock crowd.

OSU (16-7) lost 65-61 and fell into a tie for seventh place in the Big 12 with the Red Raiders (12-11) at 4-6. Smart scored 22 points and Phil Forte had 15 to lead the Cowboys.

“I just wanted to come out here and say, first, that I want to apologize to the fan, whose name is Jeff Orr,” Smart said Sunday. “I want to apologize to my teammates, my coaching staff, Coach Ford, my family and Oklahoma State University. This is not how I (conduct) myself. This is not how the program is run, and this is not how I was raised. I let my emotions get the best of me. This is something I have to learn from. I have to take the consequences that are coming with it. I take full responsibility. No finger pointing. This is all on me.  I feel like I let my teammates down. These guys mean a lot to me, and not being able to be out there with them will hit me in my heart.”

The suspension will force Smart to miss road games against Texas (Feb. 11) and Baylor (Feb. 17) and the Bedlam rematch with OU in Stillwater on Saturday at 1 p.m.

“Fans are now closer to the court than they have ever been before, but we aren’t going to put blame on anyone else,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “We know Marcus made a mistake. Marcus knows it and feels absolutely terrible about it. There’s no question there is a lot to be learned from this.”