Marcus Smart incident a teaching point for Tennessee men's basketball team

Oklahoma State's Markel Brown(22) and Phil Forte(13) hold Marcus Smart(33) after Smart shoved a fan during their NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Feb, 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Tori Eichberger) ALL LOCAL TV OUT

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Oklahoma State's Markel Brown(22) and Phil Forte(13) hold Marcus Smart(33) after Smart shoved a fan during their NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Feb, 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Tori Eichberger) ALL LOCAL TV OUT

The Tennessee men’s basketball team already talked about Marcus Smart. Not the player. The incident.

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bUTch__please writes:

The "fan" that Smart pushed has been removed from behind the benches on numerous occasions for racial and derogatory taunts. Just because you have enough money to walk inside doesn't give you permission to display your bigoted hatred.

Funny how quickly a model student-athlete can get labeled as irresponsible because he chose not to put up with an ignorant waste of skin that any of us would have pummeled into eternity had the same thing been said to our face.

Sportsmanship is expected on both sides of the stripe and out-of-control fans need their actions redressed the same as an emotional player defending himself.

slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

in response to bUTch__please:

The "fan" that Smart pushed has been removed from behind the benches on numerous occasions for racial and derogatory taunts. Just because you have enough money to walk inside doesn't give you permission to display your bigoted hatred.

Funny how quickly a model student-athlete can get labeled as irresponsible because he chose not to put up with an ignorant waste of skin that any of us would have pummeled into eternity had the same thing been said to our face.

Sportsmanship is expected on both sides of the stripe and out-of-control fans need their actions redressed the same as an emotional player defending himself.

You are absolutely correct sir.

magicbyswh#221420 writes:

That fan needs to be suspended just like the BB player was suspended. He probably gives alot of money to TTU and they probably will ignore him. He needs to be addressed and suspended for games as well. He is a graduate of TTU and his actions I have seen on youtube at other games should not be tolerated. He is a grown man picking on a 19 year old kid. Kick him out of TTU games.

forkball writes:

I think the biggest lesson to be learned from this is if we played with the same passion as Marcus Smart there would be no more than 2 losses on our record.

johnlg00 writes:

I applauded Smart's decision to return to school this year, but I'm afraid it hasn't helped him as much as he and I expected it would. The team hasn't performed up to expectations and Smart has had a few sub-par performances along the way. Specifically, he said he wanted to improve his shooting, but he has been around 30% from the field for much of the season. I'm afraid some guys like Stokes, for example, will give less credence to the idea of polishing their game for another year and go for the big bucks when they first get the opportunity, even if they still have holes in their game.

johnlg00 writes:

PS: Completely agree with others about that POS fan, which I understand is basically what he called Smart! All I can say is that it takes one to know one.

goobervol writes:

I agree with all the post on this BUT I have heard a lot of posters say worse things about all the coaches that have ever been at ut

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