Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr has apologized (via TexasTech) as has Marcus Smart (via DMN) for the outburst last night during Texas Tech' win against Oklahoma St. During the game, Marcus Smart fell to the ground and after he got up, he shoved Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr. Texas Tech has released the video and audio, which is 0:46 seconds and you can listen to the audio to go along with the video here:
Texas Tech released a statement and said that Texas Tech fan said the words, "piece of crap," and not a racial slur as was initially reported. Texas Tech had this to say regarding the incident:
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.
Orr also released a statement and apologized to Marcus Smart for his behavior:
"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."
Of all of the possible outcomes to this, with both sides apologizing, this seems like the proper response in that Orr has voluntarily agreed to not attend Texas Tech games for the rest of the year, that he says did not say a racial slur, but he did use poor judgement, and Smart has apologized as well for his actions.