Oklahoma State University head football coach Mike Gundy realized his error in judgement and corrected the issue with Cowboys’ players.
A photo surfaced on Monday afternoon with Gundy wearing a One America News (OAN) t-shirt. Launched in 2013, OAN is a far-right news network that openly supports United States President Donald Trump. The organization has been criticized for reporting falsehoods and perpetuating conspiracy theories in its programming.
“In light of today’s Tweet with the t-shirt I was wearing, I met with some players and realized it’s a very sensitive issue with what’s going on in today’s society,” Gundy said in video posted by star Canadian running back Chuba Hubbard on Twitter.
After initially seeing the picture Monday afternoon, Hubbard wrote on Twitter: “I will not stand for this. This is completely insensitive to everything going on in society, and it’s unacceptable. I will not be doing anything with Oklahoma State until things CHANGE.”
“I’ll start off by first saying that I went about it the wrong way by Tweeting, I’m not someone that has to Tweet something to make change. I should have went to him as a man and I’m more about action, so that was bad on my part. But from now on we’re going to focus on bringing change and that’s the most important thing,” Hubbard said while standing beside Gundy.
The 52-year-old head coach has been at Oklahoma State since 2005, posting a record of 129-64. The Cowboys went 8-4 in 2019 before dropping the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl to Texas A&M University by a score of 24-21 last December.
“We had a great meeting and made aware of some things that players feel like can make our organization or our culture even better than it is here at Oklahoma State,” Gundy said.
“I’m looking forward to making some changes, and it starts at the top with me. And we got good days ahead.”
Hubbard enjoyed a meteoric rise to stardom during the 2019 season, rushing for an NCAA-leading 2,094 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year, a finalist for the Doak Walker Award and finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting. The 21-year-old is using his platform to create change.
“No don’t get it twisted. Foots still on the gas,” Hubbard Tweeted after the video with Gundy. “Results are coming. It’s not over.”