Auriemma Comments On Incident Involving Marcus Smart

Oklahoma State star sophomore guard Marcus Smart was suspended three games for shoving Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr in the final seconds of a loss to the Red Raiders on the road Saturday night.

Here is what UConn coach Geno Auriemma had to say about the situation …

“In general student-athletes are held to a different standard than normal people,’’ Auriemma said. “And that’s neither fair or unfair, it just is. When you get a scholarship to play basketball or football or any other sport in college it’s like all of a sudden you sign away whatever freedoms you thought you had coming to college. Now you can’t react like a normal human being. If somebody says something, you can’t react. If somebody does something, you can’t react. This kid wants to go out one night and have a great time, you can’t go with him. So all of a sudden people, especially adults, can say and do whatever the hell they want to a college kid on the floor knowing that kid has no recourse. They have to take it. And I don’t necessarily agree with that, but that’s the world and somebody pays 20 bucks to watch a college basketball game and they think that gives them the right to be an idiot. If you’re an idiot, you don’t need to pay 20 bucks to prove it. That’s my take on it. I feel bad for the kid.’’

Auriemma will be doing some traveling this week. A recruiting source said that he will be in Baltimore Tuesday to watch Class of 2015 target De’Janae Boykin, who was on hand Sunday at Gampel Pavilion, face Northwestern High. He will then be in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday to watch Class of 2014 target A’ja Wilson face Providence Day High.


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3 Responses

  1. TomV says:

    BTW, -piece of crap- isn’t RACIAL-

    Smart already acknowledged it was NOT racial. He also needs to learn proper grammar before sending him out there. Why go to college if you cannot use words in proper context.

    He is an idiot. I never shoved a fan and was called way worse at the all black schools I played against. shut up and play-

  2. TomV says:

    Geno please get KML to lose some weight she would run better, fall easier and have more stamina and quickness. I HATE saying this but its flat out true.
    Ask Dolson to provide her with the off season workouts. She did a tremendous job getting fit. She improved drasically because of it too. I love watching her play but the weight issue is positively slowing her down. It would make for softer landings too.
    Hopefully people take this as constructive, if not, oh well.

  3. Sal Pace says:

    Good for Geno he hit the nail on the head. If I were a minority person I would have responded in a much more violent way and would have had no regrets. It was bad enough being the son of an immigrant similar to Geno but a generation before when there was more animosity to Italian Americans and we lived in ghettos because we were like lepers in our own colony. The kid should not be blamed for his reaction to the racist comments of the imbecilic T Tech fan.