Is This College Basketball Player Solely At Fault For Attacking A Fan? [VIDEO]
In case you missed the college basketball highlights this past weekend, Oklahoma State University played Texas Tech University on Saturday night. Sophomore OK State guard Marcus Smart (#33) ran down Texas Tech's Jaye Crockett to block his dunk attempt with 6.2 seconds left to go.
In blocking Crockett's dunk, Smart tumbled into the fan section of the crowd, and while being picked up by other fans, went into the fan section and shoved an older Texas Tech fan. Smart then walked away to the bench, while being escorted by his teammates. The officials then kicked Smart out of the game, and the NCAA has handed him a 3-game suspension from his team.
Smart says the fan called him a racial slur. The fan released a statement apologizing for calling Smart a "piece of crap". There have been reports that a racial slur was used. The man Smart pushed was a loyal Texas Tech fan, as recognized by the university, who will be conducing an investigation into the incident.
With that being said, I don't think we'll ever actually find out what was said, but Smart could've misheard the fan, or he could be dead on, who knows.
So here's my question to you: I don't think Smart should've put his hands on the man, but where do you draw the line of what's acceptable to say as a fan to a 19-year-old college kid? It's not like these kids are professional athletes getting paid ridiculous amounts of money to take the abuse a millionaire should be able to brush off.
If in fact, if the fan called Smart a racial slur, do we hold him to the same standards as a professional athlete? Check out the video and let me know how you feel about it!