Nick Fasulo is an RTC correspondent who writes the column College Basketball By the Tweets, a look at the world of college hoops through the prism of everyone’s favorite social media platform. You can find him on Twitter @nickfasuloSBN.
College basketball had its Richard Sherman moment Saturday night in Lubbock, Texas, as Oklahoma State superstar Marcus Smart shoved a notable Texas Tech fan named Jeff Orr to spark a flurry of discussion via Twitter. Even if you weren’t watching the Cowboys suffer their fourth consecutive loss, one quick check of your news feed would have immediately brought the story to your attention, along with varying opinions and perspective surrounding the incident. We now know that Smart has been suspended for three games. Below is how the story evolved from the initial reaction up through Sunday’s announcement of Smart’s suspension.
The Initial Reaction
It all started — for me at least — with a Vine of the Smart shove posted by CBSSports.com‘s Matt Norlander:
— Nick Fasulo (@nickfasuloSBN) February 9, 2014
Within minutes, everyone had responded to the shove. Some people immediately knew a developing story was afoot. The very first with the trigger was Pat Forde:
Good lord Marcus Smart just lost his mind. Shoved a fan at Texas tech.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) February 9, 2014
The subsequent knee-jerk tweets are fascinating to look back on. Certainly nobody is in the wrong, but based on what we learned, these now feel like nascent observations.