Fan and NCAA share in Blame

Having just gad a son graduate from a D1 school on an athletic football scholarship,I do believe the young man should be punished. With that said,the fan should be barred from a few games as well. This is not the pro level. These are young men with a ton of adrenaline running through them and have not yet fully matured to let stupid comments and actions of "fans" just role off their backs. This is where the NCAA comes in.

They should have the fans further away from the players to avoid contact. Forget the shove,the young man or a fan could have been injured diving into a crowd. Even at the Pro level fans,reporters need to moved away from the court. I am shocked there are not more instances as fans can reach out and touch the athletes on the bench.

There are dugouts in baseball,glass in hockey and fans are kept back away from benches in Football. Even most soccer benches are encased in a plastic like bubble. And the field/rink is some what walled off.

In major games through HS and College I sat and listened to fans say get that s.o.b., take 93 knees out,etc. These are young men for Gods sake,using athletes as a means to pay for an education,in our case,we would not have been able to afford. They are treated like meat all year,games are meant to be their reward. In competitive situations,the fans are sick.

Sad that it happened. Shocked it did happen sooner and more often. That "fan" should have been tossed as well.

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Smart Suspended Three Games; TTU Claims Fan Called Him "Piece Of Crap"

Marcus Smart will sit three games as punishment for his shoving a Texas Tech fan last night in Lubbock. The Red Raiders athletic department released the above video, alongside a statement from "superfan" Jeff Orr in which he claims he only called Smart "a piece of crap."

That statement is in considerable disagreement with what Smart allegedly claimed courtside as well as what the Internet decided Orr said. The video, meanwhile, is next to useless and is clearly there as some kind of GoPro sponsorship deal (Texas Tech is clear to mention it's GoPro footage in multiple places.) It does sound like somebody says "piece of crap" at some point, but since you can't see anything the video's relevance to the audio is impossible to verify. Here's Orr's statement:

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.

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford would not comment on what Orr said to Smart, and Smart wasn't given the opportunity to share his side of the story other than a brief, prepared statement in which he apologized to Orr.

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