Marcus Smart speaks about his ‘push felt around the world’

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Reported by: Andrew Carter
Updated: 2/10 4:07 pm Published: 2/09 10:01 pm

STILLWATER, Okla. - The Oklahoma State University athletic department was in the public spotlight today after Marcus Smart, one of its basketball players, pushed an opposing team's fan.

FOX23 was at the press conference where the school and Smart addressed the incident.

"Last night was not one of his finer moments," said OSU basketball's head coach.

The push now felt across the world.

Late Saturday night, after an exchange of words, OSU’s Marcus Smart shoved a Texas Tech fan, grabbing national and international attention.

Sunday, Smart owned up to the incident that resulted in a three-game suspension.

"I’m taking full responsibility no fingers pointed, this is all on me, it just can't happen again, it's got to be something I learn from," said Smart.

Cowboys head coach Travis Ford stood by his 19-year-old player.

"Marcus has my full support, unwavering support," said Ford.

Even if others do not support Smart.

"I hate it because he gets painted in a negative brush," said Ford.

Ford said Smart is always willing to listen and constantly looking out for others and his teammates, but, "that does not make up for last night, that's not what we are saying, whatsoever," Ford explained.

Ford went on to say that a majority of the time Marcus conducts himself as an incredible young man, but he made a mistake.

Something college is for, according to OSU's athletic director Mike Holder

"What are you supposed to do in college? I mean that's when you're supposed to learn, that's where we are supposed to make a difference. Does that mean that every day is bright and shiny? No, but it's about learning how to deal with adversity and hardship," coach Ford said.

Not every college kid learns a lesson in front of millions of people, but just like many athletes at the end of the day, for Smart it's the game and teammates he'll miss most.

"These guys mean a lot to me, and not to be out there with them is a big, it hits me in the heart," Smart said.

An emotional hit learned from a physical one.

The Big 12 released a statement just moments after the press conference saying Smart's behavior has no place in athletics, and was a clear violation of the Big 12 Conference's sportsmanship and ethical conduct policy.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/10/2014 12:01 PM
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Most learn that lesson in middle school. Pro ball you contact a fan like that and it's big money. There may have been a racial slur directed at Mr Smart. Walk away from it, tune your perception to the game and no matter what comes out of the crowd filter all of it and just imagine all fan noise and translate it to basketball player. In your life you will probably never see that person again.
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