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  •  And likewise (2+ / 0-)
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    Vita Brevis, Meteor Blades

    are we to assume because Mr. Orr volunteered that he did NOT use the word 'nigger' without anyone even asking, that he is telling the truth? I mean, where does this unsolicited denial even originate?

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    by mikejay611 on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 12:58:29 PM PST

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    •  A fair point (1+ / 0-)
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      Victor Ward

      We can discuss it in the plethora of "poor Jeff Orr" diaries.


    •  How do you know nobody asked him that? (0+ / 0-)

      I'll bet he was asked that within a couple of minutes of the incident.  But I don't know.

      What I have read is that there is no recording of his using it during the game and that nobody in the area would specifically say they heard him use that term.

      I would not be surprised if he did or didn't.  He's on camera using "FU" gestures and other things against another player back in 2010 and it's obvious he goes to great lengths to distract the players on the other team from doing their job of playing basketball or football (he goes to as many of those games as he can, home or away).

      This guy is way overdue imo for a separation from being a fan at games, especially courtside within inches at times from players and I should think the school should encourage him to channel his "superfan" status (per previous articles on the school's website) in a way more upstanding than what he's devolved into.  If they don't stand up to him, then they deserve to be ridiculed and lumped in with him.

      All that said, athletes must never interact with a fan the way Smart did.  He has got to control himself and I like the approach of either getting his coach or the refs to take action, preferably the coach.  If the player is out of control, he's not going to be of use to his team and the coach should sit him or send him back to the locker room.  He will otherwise be a distraction and I'm surprised there actually was no way that the referees could not eject Smart just to get him out of the room and away from the action.

      I don't care that Smart is black, or if another player is white, brown or polka-dotted.  Smart has been trained his whole career to not talk back to fans or take action against them.  To ignore insults and to just focus on his game.  A player shoving a fan is beyond acceptable and I don't care what reasons he cares to give.  

      Smart is suffering under incredible pressure, in part because he's potentially costing himself millions of dollars for having returned to school this year.  He was likely to have been one of the top five players selected in last year's draft but he elected to return.  His poor play at times this season, his team's losing games as a result and losing to a team they should have beaten the other night - well it all bubbled to a head.  Having Orr heaping abuse on him - whatever words were used, sent him over the top.  But his reaction was wrong and the three game suspension is his cooling off period.

      Now that people know they can get to him, that they can cause him to lose his cool, it will likely get worse, especially in pro arenas.  Orr would probably be considered an amateur by some people who will be at the pro games, and there are people who take delight in tearing others down.

      I feel sorry for Smart, disgusted with Orr and I hope things get worked out during this suspension so that Smart can have a good finish to his year (except when he plays KU).

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