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Smart's Shove Anything But
February 9, 2014 - Al Stephenson
I saw the video last night and just watched it again this morning. I am referencing the fan shove administered by Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart in Lubbock, Texas near the end of OSU's basketball game with Texas Tech.
Let me be clear. Marcus Smart was wrong and will likely, and justly so, be suspended by his school or the Big 12. It was not a very smart (sorry) move by Marcus and he deserves whatever punishment is forthcoming. However, the video makes me sick more so because of the actions and reactions of the fans. Why people think it is OK to taunt high school and college players is beyond me. Yet you see it all the time.
The man that was on the receiving end of the shove obviously said something to Smart that set him off. Also interesting to me was the reaction of the woman next to the shove recipient. She looked shocked and pointed at Smart as though he was the sole instigator of the incident. I envisioned that the woman was the wife of the man shoved, though I have no way of knowing that for sure. I tried to put my wife and I into the situation to see if the incident may have been different. It would have been.
First of all I would not have taunted Marcus Smart. If I would have said anything to him it would have been one of two things. I would have asked if he was OK or congratulated him on his hustle. If you watch the play that brought Smart within shoving distance, he sold out trying to block the shot and went sprawling into the crowd under the basket. As for my wife, if I had taunted the young man, she would have told me to be quiet. After checking to see if I was alright, she would have probably told me I had it coming.
Smart will be punished. If it can be proved that the fan "had it coming" as my wife would have told me, he should be punished too.
The view from my seat suggests that it is time fans start exhibiting good sportsmanship. If that type of fan behavior is necessary for a team to win games, then winning has become too important for my taste.
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