Athletes, Tech coach weigh in on Jeff Orr - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Athletes, Tech coach weigh in on Jeff Orr

Pictured: Jeff Orr Pictured: Jeff Orr
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The moment Oklahoma State basketball player Marcus Smart walked into the stands and pushed Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr, he was thrust into the national spotlight - whether he liked it or not.

To many people, Orr is a superfan. He travels thousands of miles each year to see every Tech home and away game. This year, he went to Brooklyn, New York to watch Tech take part in the Progressive Legends Classic.

He is an alumnus of Texas Tech University, graduating in 1983 with a degree in petroleum engineering. Currently, he works as an air traffic control in Waco, Texas.

However, this isn't the first time Orr's been involved in an on-camera incident.

In a 2010 game against Texas A&M, Orr can be seen making an obscene gesture at Texas A&M's Bryan Davis after he throws down a dunk just before half time. Davis was one of the many who reacted to what happened on the basketball court Saturday night.

Davis tweeted: "The same guy that talked crazy to me for 4 years. Shaking my head, but you should never put your hands on a fan."

Former Oklahoma State player John Lucas III recognized Orr as well.

Lucas tweeted: "I just saw the video, that same fan was at the games talking crazy even when I was in school. I don't forget a face. He says a lot of crazy ish out of his mouth when you are in the game. And he is a grown man talking to kids the way he does."

Texas Tech Coach Tubby Smith weighed in with his opinion after the big win.

"You know the frustration when you're on a losing streak," Smith said. "I've been there before. It can be tough, and, you know, I'm sure he regrets doing that."

Tech completed its investigation into the incident on Sunday and announced that Orr voluntarily agreed not to attend any home or away games for the remainder of the season.

He also released a statement, saying, "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. My actions last night were inappropriate and do not reflect myself or Texas Tech - a university I dearly love. I regret calling Mr. Smart a piece of crap, but want to make it known that I did not use a racial slur of any kind."

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