WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - The CEO of an Atlanta-based hotel management company and former chairman of the Wake Forest University board of trustees says a basketball referee aimed a slur at him during a game.


The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (
) Mit Shah posted to Twitter that Atlantic Coast Conference referee Karl Hess targeted him during last Sunday's game between Wake Forest and Louisville. He says Hess told him he wanted to sit in his seat and watch Shah ref a game, calling Shah an ethnic slur.


Shah, who is of Indian descent, was born in New Jersey and grew up in Winston-Salem. He confirmed the comment to the newspaper, but wasn't immediately available for additional comment Tuesday.


Hess declined to comment to the AP.


ACC spokesman Brian Morrison said Tuesday that the league was aware of the situation and declined further comment.