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February 9, 2014

Marcus Smart suspended for three games after shoving fan

STILLWATER, Okla. — In conjunction with the Big 12 Conference, Oklahoma State sophomore point guard Marcus Smart will serve a three-game suspension after shoving a fan near the end of the Texas Tech game Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.

While Smart will miss the next three games, he will still be allowed to practice with the team while Cowboy coach Travis Ford said in press conference held Sunday in Gallagher-Iba Arena that Smart would not travel with the team for Tuesday's Big 12 game at Texas.

In a release by the Big 12 Conference offices, Smart will be prohibited from all team travel and game day activities during his suspension.

"First off, I want to apologize to the fan, whose name is Jeff Orr. I want to apologize to him and to my teammates, my coaching staff, my family, Oklahoma State University," said Smart, who did not read from a prepared statement. "This is not how I condone myself. This is not how the program is ran. This is not how I was raised. I let my emotions get the best of me and I just can't let that happen again."

With members of the Oklahoma State basketball team on hand — both players, coaches and support staff — Smart spoke for just over a minutes and did not field questions from the media.

"This is something I have to learn from, a lesson I have to learn from," Smart said. "I'm taking full responsibility — no finger pointing, this is all on me. I just truly apologize to those that are very important to me.

I feel like I let my teammates down. These guys mean a lot to me and not to be able to be out there with them hits me in my heart. I have a lot of people who look up to me, a lot of little kids."

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