Self-described Texas Tech “superfan” Jeff Orr denied he racially slurred Marcus Smart during Saturday night’s game, which prompted the Oklahoma State player to push the fan.
Jeff Orr "admitted to directing an inappropriate phrase toward Smart” but it was not a “racial slur"—
Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) February 09, 2014
Texas Tech released video from the incident, via a GoPro camera mounted near the basket. While you can hear somebody say, “piece of crap” it’s impossible to tell if Orr said it. It’s a little strange that’s the only clear audio on the clip, so form your own conclusions. Okalhoma State coach Travis Ford wouldn’t talk about the specifics of what was said during Sunday night’s press conference announcing Smart’s three-game suspension, so the story probably isn’t going to end tonight.
Here’s Orr’s full statement on the incident:
“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.”
It’s hard to believe, but we now live in a world where “superfans” release statements to the press, yet here we are. Just a thought: full-grown adults should have better things to do with their lives than heckle college-age kids on a Saturday night. Good news, he’s “volunteered” to stop attending games the rest of the season.
Texas Tech says Jeff Orr volunteers not to attend any basketball games for the remainder of the season.—
Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) February 09, 2014