Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr apologizes

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Reported by: Martina Del Bonta
Updated: 2/09 5:15 pm Published: 2/09 5:12 pm


In conjunction with a review of the actions of Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart by the Big 12 Conference, Texas Tech has completed its own thorough investigation regarding the incident at last night’s basketball game involving Red Raider fan Jeff Orr.  Texas Tech interviewed Mr. Orr along with numerous fans, photographers and arena personnel that were seated in the area surrounding him.  Mr. Orr vehemently denied the accusation that he used a racial slur and no one in the vicinity of Mr. Orr heard such a slur.

Mr. Orr has admitted to directing an inappropriate phrase toward Marcus Smart.  Texas Tech has been able to verify that statement independently through video provided by Texas Tech Sports Broadcasting.  At no point on the film can a racial slur be heard. 

Texas Tech is committed to sportsmanship and expects fans to abide by the rules set forth by the Big 12 Conference and the university.  Comments such as those used by Mr. Orr are unacceptable and not condoned by Texas Tech University. 

As a result of this incident, Mr. Orr has voluntarily agreed to not attend a Texas Tech home or away basketball game for the remainder of the season.
Jeff Orr 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.” 

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Mayor Maynot - 2/15/2014 12:04 PM
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Karl #8 ^]]. Quasi human. That's a good one

Mayor Maynot - 2/15/2014 12:02 PM
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Not only a thug but also a liar. Why am I not surprised. Marcus Smart should be removed from the game permanently. Not only does he make the state look bad he makes the rest of the Afro-Americans in the game look bad.

karlschneider - 2/10/2014 11:36 AM
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Why should HE apologize?...he was the victim...of an assault by a large quasi-human thug.
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