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Marcus Smart suspended for three games after pushing a fan

By Rebekah Penner ,

With only six seconds left in Saturday's game at Texas Tech, sophomore guard Marcus Smart made a move he would regret. Smart, of Oklahoma State, shoved a fan after falling out of bounds.

Smart confronted the fan in a war of words before pushing him, as recently reported and Oklahoma ended up losing 65-61 to Texas Tech.

As a result of his actions, Smart has been suspended for three games, according to USA Today.

"Mr. Smart's actions were a clear violation of the Big 12 Conference's Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Policy," Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Sunday. "Such behavior has no place in athletics, and will not be tolerated." He added that he supports Oklahoma State University athletics director Mike Holder's decision.

Although Smart will be able to attend practice, his suspension will begin Tuesday when Oklahoma State takes on Texas in Austin. The suspension will go through Feb. 17 when Oklahoma State plays Baylor. Oddly enough, the next game Smart will be allowed to play in will take place Feb. 22 against Texas Tech for their second regular meeting.

"This is not how I was raised," Smart apologized in a news conference. "I let my emotions get the best of me, just can't let that happen again."

Smart said he will learn from the incident, noting, "...I'm taking full responsibility. No fingers are pointed. This is all upon me. I feel like I let my teammates down. These guys mean a lot to me. Not to be able to be out there with them, it hits me in my heart. I have a lot of people that look up me, a lot of little kids. I truly apologize. This is not me."

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