The Big 12 Conference has announced that Oklahoma State University men’s basketball student-athlete Marcus Smart has been suspended three games for inappropriate conduct with a spectator in the closing seconds of the Cowboys’ February 8 game at Texas Tech.
“Mr. Smart’s actions were a clear violation of the Big 12 Conference’s Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Policy,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “Such behavior has no place in athletics, and will not be tolerated. I appreciate the efforts of Oklahoma State University athletics director Mike Holder in addressing this matter, and believe this is an appropriate response to an inappropriate action.”
Smart will begin serving his three-game suspension starting with the OSU game on Tuesday, February 11 at Texas. While suspended, he is prohibited from all team travel and game day activities through the Baylor game on Monday, February 17. During this period, Smart is allowed to practice and receive all related support incidental to his participation as a student-athlete.