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Friday, August 12, 2011
Updated: August 13, 10:45 AM ET
Carpenter suing OSU's Mike Gundy

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STILLWATER, Okla. -- A carpenter says he has learned his lesson: Don't wear rival colors to Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy's house.

Gundy is being sued by a contractor who says he agreed to work on the coach's home in March.

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Brent Loveland says he arrived at Mike Gundy's house wearing a gray "Oklahoma Baseball" T-shirt before the Oklahoma State coach used profanity as he told the contractor to get off his property.

Brent Loveland of Choctaw says he arrived early in the morning on March 21 wearing a gray "Oklahoma Baseball" T-shirt with the university's name in red block letters.

He and two others began to unload their equipment.

According to the lawsuit, Gundy arrived at the house at 9:30 a.m. and spotted Loveland's shirt. "How dare you come into my house and offend my wife," Gundy allegedly said.

Gundy then allegedly used profanity as he told the contractor to get off his property.

Gundy called Loveland a "stupid idiot" for wearing the shirt on "OSU soil," and refused Loveland's apologies, the lawsuit says. The contractor offered to turn his shirt inside-out, but was refused, according to the suit.

Loveland said he was never asked about his school loyalties before agreeing to do the work. He sued Gundy Thursday in state court for more than $10,000 in damages. He says he lost more than $30,000 in income from an expected 13 weeks of work.

Gundy released a statement through his attorney stating: "While I cannot discuss the specifics of pending litigation, I deny the allegations being made and welcome the opportunity to fully resolve the matter."

Loveland told the Tulsa World he dressed in the dark and was unaware his shirt had an OU logo on it.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.