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Metta World Peace comments on Marcus Smart-Texas Tech fan shoving incident

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By now you’ve seen the video. In the late stages of Oklahoma State’s upset loss to Texas Tech, Marcus Smart shoved Texas Tech “supefan” Jeff Orr.

Smart’s altercation with a fan in the stands immediately, and unfairly, was compared to the Pacers-Pistons brawl from 2004. Known as the Malice in the Palace, Ron Artest along with several other Pacers fought Piston in the stands after a person in attendance threw a beer at Artest.

Artest has since changed his name to Metta World Peace and is currently a member of the Knicks. On Sunday morning, he had a Q & A with Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater of to discuss the Marcus Smart incident from the previous night.

(More: Marcus Smart shoves a Texas Tech fan)

When Slater asked if fans have the right to scream at players:

“If a fan screams something at me, I don’t know what that person has been through, you know,” World Peace said. “He could have or she could have grown up rough or maybe in a single family household. I don’t know what would make somebody scream negative things at somebody, maybe they’re just having fun. In a pro game, I’ve learned to accept it because they pay to watch us play and hey, I appreciate it. Then I go home and I finish watching Breaking Bad. It’s that simple for me. I’m actually on House of Cards now. I just finished Breaking Bad. I wish there was a Season 6 actually, because Breaking Bad was amazing. Have you seen it?

(More: Marcus Smart should be punished, but were his actions warranted?)

When asked what advice he’d give Smart if he could:

“He’s a young kid,” World Peace said. “I wish I would have listened when I was a kid, to my elders or to people who had my best interest at heart. And then I wish I would have been more conscious at my age. Those are two things that if you were to reach out to a kid like Marcus, a talented kid, a future leader in the community, you would tell him those things.”

Artest was handed a 73-game suspension (in addition to 13 postseason games) for his part in the 2004 brawl. Smart will likely face some sort of suspension as wel, whether it’s from the university or the Big 12 Conference. This story is still unfolding since we don’t even know what Orr said to provoke Smart.

It’s an unfortunate situation for a 19-year-old to be in, but hopefully he can learn from it. Same can be said for fans who need to learn that a ticket does not give them the right to act in such a manner like Saturday in Lubbock or earlier in the day at Arizona State.

SMU won’t appeal tournament ban, Brown suspension

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Last month the NCAA announced that due to rules violations found in their investigation of the SMU men’s basketball program, the team would be banned from postseason play in 2015-16 and head coach Larry Brown would be suspended for the first nine games of the 2015-16 season. With a team led by seniors Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy and just one player (Keith Frazier) being the subject of the investigation, it was assumed that SMU would at the very least appeal the postseason ban.

Friday, the school announced that while it will appeal some of the penalties handed down by the NCAA to the men’s basketball and men’s golf programs they will not appeal the postseason ban or Brown’s suspension.

“After careful consideration, however, we will not appeal the NCAA post-season ban on men’s basketball or partial season suspension of Head Men’s Basketball Coach Larry Brown,” SMU president R. Gerald Turner stated in the release. “Although we regret the severe impact on our student-athletes, the simple fact is that the NCAA penalty structure mandates at minimum a one-year post-season ban for the level of misconduct that occurred, in our case, when a former staff member completed an online high school course for a prospective student-athlete, committing academic misconduct.

“In addition, should we appeal this matter, the lengthy process and uncertainty during this period could harm many aspects of the program. Coach Brown and his staff also agree that it is in the best interests of the program to accept these sanctions and move forward.”

Among the penalties the school will appeal (with regards to the basketball program) are the “duration of scholarship losses” and how long the recruiting restrictions placed on the program will last, and the vacating of games Frazier played in during the 2013-14 season.

This a tough turn of events for players who had nothing to do with the violations, as they see their opportunity to return to the NCAA tournament taken away. As a result of the school’s decision, SMU’s season will end March 9 following their regular season finale against Cincinnati.

Kevin Marfo commits to George Washington

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Kevin Marfo committed to George Washington on Friday evening, announcing his decision on Twitter.

“I am grateful and appreciative to all the schools that recruited me. But I will be spending the next four years at George Washington University,” he tweeted.

This caps a successful week for Mike Lonergan on the recruiting trail. On Tuesday, GW landed a commitment from Darnell Rogers, a 5-foot-3 point guard. He is the son of former GW guard Shawnta Rogers, the 1999 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. GW ends the week by adding a tenacious rebounder to a front court that graduates top rebounder Kevin Larsen after this season. Rogers and Marfo join power forward Collin Smith in the Class of 2016. Seton Hall transfer Jaren Sina will also be eligible in 2016-17.

He cut his list to 10 in August with Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Boston College, UMass, Saint Joseph’s, DePaul, Rhode Island and Providence all making the cut along wit the Colonials. He later trimmed the list to five finalists: BC, Providence, DePaul, GW and Rhode Island.

The Worcester Academy (Mass.) forward played for BABC this summer in the Nike EYBL, averaging 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.  The 6-foot-8 Marfo is listed as the No. 148 overall player in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.