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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Marcus Smart calls out Oklahoma State blogger during loss to Baylor

Marcus-SmartOklahoma State deserves plenty of criticism for its current stretch of play. The Cowboys have lost seven straight games and are now 4-19 in the Big 12 after losing to Baylor. Marcus Smart is currently serving a three-game suspension for shoving a Texas Tech fan, but that doesn’t mean is going to sit quietly while people say unkind things about his teammates.

Smart called out Kyle Porter, the guy who runs the popular Oklahoma State blog Pistols Firing, during Monday night’s loss to Baylor. Porter sent a number of negative tweets about the team. Here are a few.

Smart, who was serving the third and final game of his suspension, told Porter to stop watching the team if he only has negative things to say.

You can understand Smart’s frustration just as you can understand an Oklahoma State blogger criticizing the team on the heels of a seven-game losing streak. Porter told Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports that Smart had every right to call him out.

“If I’m allowed to critique his basketball then he’s sure allowed to critique my writing,” he said. “I do think there needs to be an understanding of the difference between a fan and a blogger whose job it is to write humorously and interestingly about a team (or any entity) but if I don’t even understand it all the time, I sure don’t expect a college kid to.”

The Cowboys are fading from NCAA Tournament contention. What some blogger says about the team on Twitter should be the least of Smart’s concerns.



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