Oklahoma State basketball player Marcus Smart was recently suspended for three games and cited with a technical foul after shoving Texas Tech "super fan" Jeff Orr.
The incident happened in Lubbock, Texas (video below) towards the end of the game on Saturday, which Texas Tech won in an upset, 65-61.
Smart chased a Texas Tech player on a fast break and ended up near the stands. That's when Smart and Orr exchanged words, and Smart shoved him, notes LubbockOnline.com.
Radio announcer John Holcomb claims he heard Smart tell Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford that Orr called him the "N-word."
Sports writer Kelly Hines later tweeted, "Radio analyst John Holcomb confirms what he said on air: He heard Marcus Smart say the fan called him the 'N-word.'"
In his defense, Orr released the following statement on the Texas Tech website:
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.
According to Texas Tech's video (below) of the incident, Orr appears to call Smart a “piece of crap," however, it's not clear if more was said.
Orr has voluntarily agreed not to attend anymore Texas Tech games for the rest of the season.