“Piece of crap” or something more?
For those unaware of this story, Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart shoved a Texas Tech fan after the game Saturday night. Something was said. That we do know. What was it exactly? I don’t know. Listen to that video above released by Texas Tech and I’m not sure. Sounds like piece of crap maybe. I can’t be sure. Only the fan, Jeff Orr, knows what he said for sure. Marcus Smart knows what he heard. I’m sure fans, officials around the area think they know what they heard.
But, what does it all mean? A lot of something and nothing.
Let’s be honest. On any given day, do you remember what happened two weeks ago at media day? Without prompting? Do you remember the media person that had a field day over Colin Kaepernick’s hat not that long ago? Chances are most people won’t remember without some prompting. That’s where the “nothing” part comes in. Based on what we know right now, Smart is suspended for three games and Orr has apologized and promised to not attend Tech games this year, what else is there to say?
Plenty. Many have had their say on Smart. Today’s post from Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde brings the racial perspective from black coaches’ viewpoint. I recommend reading it. According to this ESPN story, Orr has been known to display this type of verbal speech before (allegedly). Is there a pattern here? One could deduce there is if others like John Lucas, III says he knows of Orr in that ESPN story:[tweet https://twitter.com/Luke1luk/statuses/432390294806343681 align=’center’]
Here is where it’s at for me. Why does any fan feel the need to yell at another team’s player? Yes, I’ve booed other teams and players before at a game. But, what good does it do to yell at the players? Does it make a fan feel better about themselves afterward? Is it a chance for a fan to show their (team’s) superiority through words or actions (think: flipping the player off)? How much value does it bring fans to do this?
Before fans could ever tweet or reply to their athletes/teams on social media, their only outlet was the sporting event itself. Cheering, exalting in good times or jeers and throwing of objects during bad. Most don’t. The few that do get the notoriety and the term fanatic gets thrown around loosely. Not all fans are fanatics. But, the few skewer the view of the rest.
There is a thought by some that we shouldn’t call out bad fan behavior. An impossible task to change it, they say. You’ll never change people’s behavior, they declare. In all likelihood, they’re probably right. You can’t change that mentality. But, I’m not one to sit idly by while this goes on.
Both Orr and Smart were wrong. Smart has accountability in his teammates, coaches and university. Three game suspension – long enough or not, it’s an accountability system which should be accompanied by teaching Smart the tools he needs to handle future situations like this.
What’s Orr’s accountability? His word saying he won’t attend any more games this year. Is there any teaching to go along with it? For yelling at a 19-year-old player on the opposing team? If not, there should.
Otherwise, what’s to prevent him from doing it again next year?
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Some Twitter reaction:[tweet https://twitter.com/howaboutafresca/status/432662447820767233 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/franfraschilla/status/432615709428809728 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/McCannSportsLaw/status/432658613790724097 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/GottliebShow/status/432657319734685696 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/KySportsRadio/status/432655981815013376 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/cksyme/status/432672200508719104 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/ChuckCarltonDMN/status/432663873510858752 align=’center’]
FINAL THOUGHT: I will leave it to ESPN’s Rece Davis to sum it up perfectly –[tweet https://twitter.com/ESPN_ReceDavis/status/432660023844806656 align=’center’]