It was just minutes ago that we heard an apologetic Marcus Smart speak about last night’s ugly incident in Lubbock. Now, we’ve got a statement from the Texas Tech fan, Jeff Orr, who was involved in the confrontation. Orr, who was shoved after muttering something to Smart with just seconds to play in the Red Raiders’ victory over the Cowboys, claims he called the OSU sophomore a “piece of crap”. He wants it to be known that he did not use a racial slur.
Here’s the statement, made available by Texas Tech Athletics.
“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. Additionally, I would like to offer my apologies to Texas Tech fans that have been embarrassed by the attention this incident has created.”
The school announced that Orr has been banned from attending any Texas Tech games – home or away – for the remainder of the season. TTU also released a video, taken from right under the basket, in which you can hear the words “piece of crap” uttered around the 18-second mark.