Celtics

Celtics

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been accused of “hazing and disrespect”  in a complaint filed by former Oklahoma State guard Stevie Clark against Oklahoma State University, its Board of Regents and head coach Travis Ford.

In Clark’s complaint which was filed in Oklahoma County Court on Wednesday, he claims that he was forced to take “psychotropic drugs,” in addition to having promises made to him during his recruitment to OSU that were unfulfilled which included being provided with a Camaro. 

Clark’s complaint alleges that Coach Ford put him on drugs, without his consent, after he expressed frustration to Coach Ford about the alleged hazing from Smart. 

“Coach Ford required Stevie to take the meds if he wanted to keep practicing with the team,” the complaint reads. “Stevie began to experience side effects from the medication almost immediately, manifesting in suicidal and homicidal thoughts as well as erratic behavior.”

In a statement via email to the Tulsa World, Gary Shutt, a spokesman for the university, said “Oklahoma State University has reviewed Mr. Clark’s petition and his claims are completely and utterly baseless.”

Clark arrived on campus in the fall of 2013 as a highly regarded recruit. According to the complaint, the Oklahoma City native selected Oklahoma State over UConn and UCLA. 

Things began to quickly go south for the 5-foot-10 guard shortly after arriving on campus. 

On Jan. 1, 2014 he was arrested for possession of marijuana in Edmond, Oklahoma. 

The following month on Feb. 3, he was dismissed from the team after being cited the previous day for “outraging public decency” when a police officer witnessed him urinating out of a moving vehicle. In between those two run-ins with the law, he served a four-game suspension for violating an undisclosed team rule. 

In the complaint, Clark says he was “scapegoated for his starting teammates” when marijuana was discovered in his room. “As a result, he was not allowed to travel with the team to Florida (in late November, 2013),” read the statement. 

Clark’s complaint also alleges that the actions of OSU, the Board of Regents and Coach Ford “damaged Plaintiff’s (Clark’s) reputation irreparably, damning any possibility Stevie ever had of playing in the National Basketball Association.” 

The complaint says that Clark is seeking “compensatory and punitive damages, including general special damages, and any further relief which the court may deem appropriate.” 

The former four-star recruit’s career at OSU consisted of 16 games in which he averaged 5.3 points in 16 minutes per game. He would transfer to Indiana Hills Community College, but left in October of 2014 before ever playing a game for the Falcons.