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Waco Man at center of OSU-Tech controversy

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(KCEN) -- A Waco man is in the middle of a sports controversy that continues to sweep the country.

Jeff Orr attended a basketball game at his alma mater Texas Tech University on Saturday.

Near the end of the game, he exchanged words with an Oklahoma State player and was then shoved by that player.

Orr will not attend any more games this season, and the player, Marcus Smart, is suspended for three games.

Orr had traveled from Waco to Lubbock to attend Saturday's game against top 25 ranked Oklahoma State.

Smart ended up landing in the stands near Orr.

Orr allegedly called him 'a piece of crap'

Smart shoved him, and was given a technical foul by the referees.

Immediately after the incident, there were rumors that Orr had said a racial slur to Smart, but so far that has not been proven.

Both men have issued apologies.

"This is not me and I really do apologize for it and I take responsibility and the consequences that come with it," Smart said.

Orr released a statement through Texas Tech, saying in part:

"I regret calling Mr. Smart a 'piece of crap' but I want to make it known that I did not use a racial slur of any kind."

KCEN tried to reach out to Orr, who works at the Waco Regional Airport as an air traffic controller.

We were told to contact a public affairs manager out of Dallas, who then said that since this incident did not happen while Orr was on the job, contact should be made with Orr directly.

So far, no word back from Mr. Orr.

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