Jeff Orr might have just become the most famous Texas Tech fan after provoking guart Marcus Smart during a game Saturday night. Orr has denied reports that he addressed Smart with a racial slur, according to CBS Sports, but he will not attend any more Texas Tech games this season.
"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,” the fan told CBS Sports.
“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."
Smart was blocking a shot when he lost his footing and fell in the stands. He was on the ground for a moment but shot up out of nowhere and got in Orr’s face. Many assumed it was because of a racially charged comment made by Orr. Smart has been suspended for three games for pushing Orr in the final moments of the game.
"I want to apologize to the fan, whose name is Jeff Orr, I want to apologize to him, my teammates, my coach," Smart said at a press conference Sunday evening, quoted by the news site. "This is not how I [conduct] myself. I just can't let that happen again. It's a lesson I'll have to learn from. It's all upon me. I truly apologize to all those that are important to me. I feel I let my teammates down." A source told ESPN he was “down and remorseful” after the game.
Naturally, Twitter user can't stop talking about the event. Many are assuming Orr must have said something much worse to Smart in order to get him to react in such an emotionally charged manner. But in the video filmed from a fan's point of view, it sounds like Orr did indeed say "piece of crap."
Texas Tech went on to beat Oklahoma State 65-61. Smart will reportedly play for his team again on Feb. 22 after his suspension is lifted. For those who haven’t seen the footage, check it out below:
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