“I love Marcus Smart for the person he is, and I know this is going to make him a better person,” Ford said. “Marcus is a young man that has been in the public eye quite a bit. And I think we can all agree for the majority of the time, the highest percentage time, he’s conducted himself as a tremendous young man, but he made a mistake.
“But I’m very confident, extremely confident, because I do know Marcus Smart, he’s going to gain everybody else’s trust who he’s lost. He’s going to try to improve himself every single day, and Marcus has my full support.”
Holder said he reached out to Big 12 officials this morning in order to get the issues resolved.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby released the following statement:
“Mr. Smart’s actions were a clear violation of the Big 12 Conference’s Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Policy. Such behavior has no place in athletics, and will not be tolerated. I appreciate the efforts of Oklahoma State University athletic director Mike Holder in addressing this matter, and believe this is an appropriate response to an inappropriate action.”
Orr also released a statement on Sunday through Texas Tech, saying he regretted his actions and that he called Smart “a piece of crap.”
“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,” Orr said. “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.”