OAN supporter Mike Gundy vows change amid Oklahoma State mess

Lawrence Kim
June 17, 2020

And so we had a great meeting and made aware of some things that players feel like can make our organization, our culture even better than it is here at Oklahoma State.

Netizens also joined the shaming parade, arguing that the t-shirt was itself tantamount to racism because OAN has positioned itself against Black Lives Matter - with a host once deeming the movement a "farce".

On April 7, the Oklahoma State head coach held a teleconference to talk about responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hubbard was National Football League draft-eligible, but he chose to return to school.

OSU Linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga said "By voicing our opinion we are happy to have came to a conclusion and opened a gateway to create some serious change around Oklahoma State".

Following Hubbard's tweet, other Oklahoma State football players voiced their agreement that the change Hubbard referenced was needed. His 2,094 rushing yards was the second-best single-season total in school history, trailing only Barry Sanders' 1988 Heisman Trophy-winning season. I should have went to him as a man.

Gundy didn't address accusations he regularly called players "thugs" and "hood rats" in practice and threatened to discipline them for their attire. Defensive back Kanion Williams, who had called out Gundy earlier in the day, tweeted "Lol" immediately after the video released before soon deleting the message.

"I was flipping through stations", he said.

Some detractors defended Gundy's right to dress himself - quite generously - but said that players had the same right to express themselves freely, including to boycott the team over their coach's perceived misdeed. "It's One America News".

Boone tweeted further to add context, making it clear that this isn't a random shirt to the coach - he's clearly familiar with the network, and has praised it in the past, actually saying that the network reports news without opinion or commentary. Gundy criticized the "mainstream media" for being too negative with coronavirus coverage. There's no left. There's no right. The players' statement listing these requests, tweeted Friday, said the team will not participate in recruiting or donor-related events until the university commits to the changes. They just reported the news.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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