College fans leaving class at home

By Nick Shook

Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart sits on the bench with four fouls during the second half against Kansas State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Ks., on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. K-State won, 74-71. Photo by Travis Heying of the Wichita Eagle. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus.

Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart sits on the bench with four fouls during the second half against Kansas State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Ks., on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. K-State won, 74-71. Photo by Travis Heying of the Wichita Eagle. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus.

Where’s the class?

College students sit through them, older fans passed—or flunked—them, but lately, fanbases big and small are missing stylish excellence and respect.

Saturday night’s altercation between Oklahoma State University’s Marcus Smart and a Texas Tech fan brought this issue to the forefront of national criticism. Talking heads have had opinions on what Smart should or should not have done and on the surrounding circumstances, but it seems like the focus is on the wrong person in this situation.

At the end of the game between Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, Smart attempted to block an opposing dunk but stumbled into the baseline seating area, feet away from opposing fans. As the video shows, Smart was relaxed and was helped up by teammates when, suddenly, his head snapped around in a reactive manner. He immediately got up and into the face of a Texas Tech fan, who said something to Smart before the Oklahoma State star shoved the man.

As expected, chaos ensued. A smattering of Oklahoma State officials escorted Smart away from the section and to the OSU bench. Smart pointed at the man as he was escorted away and reportedly claimed the man yelled a racial slur at him.

I’m not going to get into the potential racism of this issue. Racial slurs are ugly weapons that are, unfortunately, all too real even in this day and age.

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