Orton responds to altercation with Jonesboro fan

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JONESBORO, Ark. – Following NEA Report’s story Tuesday about a WWE star who was involved in a confrontation with a fan at a gym, the wrestling star responded to the story.

Randy Orton sent out several Tweets on Tuesday night to his five million followers on Twitter. A number were in relation to the incident reported on Tuesday.

In his Tweets, Orton confirmed the confrontation and also confirmed he had used expletives at Anthony Martin, the Jonesboro business professional and political figure who, along with several friends, found themselves on the end of a tirade by the wrestling superstar.

“Apparently, I hurt a fan’s feelings when I told him to F off at the gym yesterday,” Orton tweeted. “That’s news? Been happening for 15 years. #getalife”

Orton continued to discuss the incident in a series of Tweets late Tuesday.

“I paid to train,” Orton said. “In between every set, I can’t take pics. He needs to suck it the F up and go to the gym to train not to be a fan boy.”

Orton also accused Martin of not saying anything back to him, something Martin and several witnesses disputed. Then, Orton said Martin, “had to use Twitter like a b$tch.” However, Martin had only made posts on his personal Facebook wall about the incident, which happened to be visible to NEA Report staff, sparking the story.

WWE, a publicly traded company, was in Jonesboro on Monday for a live event at the ASU Convocation Center. Several stars were seen around town, with many taking opportunities to snap photos with their favorites.

One of those fans who took photos with Orton was Paul DeFord, who posted his photo with Orton shortly after the story was published. For his part, DeFord said Orton was nice and did not mind taking a photo with him. DeFord said his photo was taken at 5:49 p.m.

The timestamp on Martin’s photo shows he took the photo which angered Orton at 6:07 p.m.

Featured photo by Anthony Martin


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