An ill-minded wardrobe decision may have just stripped the Oklahoma State Cowboys of one of the very best football players in the entire nation.
A photo of Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy surfaced on Twitter Monday which shows him donning a white “OAN” t-shirt, otherwise known as Only America News Network.
Gundy’s star running back and Heisman hopeful, Chuba Hubbard caught wind of the image and took to Twitter to air out his head coach, threatening to boycott the program.
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.”
You can see the image of Gundy in his OAN t-shirt below:
Mike Gundy went fishing on Lake Texoma donning an OAN t-shirt pic.twitter.com/gq9c2I6HGl
— Kyle Boone @ 🏡 (@Kyle__Boone) June 15, 2020
Only America News Network or OAN is considered to be a far-right, “Pro-Trump” news network owned by Herring Networks Inc. President Donald Trump has promoted the media outlet on numerous occasions over recent years. While the network has personally deemed themselves “one of his greatest supporters.”
Gundy and Hubbard have since joined forces, releasing a joint statement on the matter in which they promise “change is coming.” Hubbard shared the clip to his Twitter which can be seen below:
Change is coming I promise you that. pic.twitter.com/wTGHtByh3N
— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) June 15, 2020
Hubbard Backed by School President, Alumni & Teammates
Oklahoma State’s president, Burns Hargis, has since issued a statement via Twitter. While not naming Hubbard directly, his comments appear to support the running back’s take:
I hear and respect the concerns expressed by our Black student-athletes. This is a time for unity of purpose to confront racial inequities and injustice. We will not tolerate insensitive behavior by anyone at Oklahoma State.
Hargis was far from the only one to side with Hubbard. Numerous teammates have since shed light on the “major change” that they believe is in order for Oklahoma State to move forward.
Linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga and offensive lineman Teven Jenkins took to Twitter to show where their alliances lie on this issue:
I stand with him! https://t.co/WWOs2ALxml
— Amen Ogbongbemiga (@closedprayer) June 15, 2020
As an O-line we stand and support Chuba https://t.co/5zau9yTpCF
— maybe: tev (@TevenJenkins) June 15, 2020
Ex-Oklahoma State star and current Baltimore Ravens running back Justice Hill also chimed in:
OSU Athletics and University need major change. 100% support brotha https://t.co/2JquXm3aPe
— Justice Hill (@jhill21_) June 15, 2020
You don't see everyday things
— Justice Hill (@jhill21_) June 15, 2020
Gundy has Voiced his Approval of OAN in the Past
Gundy associating himself with OAN is nothing new. During the Oklahoma State coach’s full opening statement on coronavirus back in April, he took aim at the mainstream media for “all the negativity.” Gundy stated that he hadn’t “been real happy with the mainstream media and the way they’ve handled that,” speaking about the virus.
From there, Gundy noted his finding of OAN, an experience that he was quite fond of by the sound of it.
I tell you what’s funny is, I was flipping through stations. I found one — I don’t even know if anybody knows about this — it’s called OAN. It’s One America News. And it was so refreshing. They just report the news. There’s no commentary. There’s no opinions on this. There’s no left. There’s no right. They just reported the news. And I’ve been watching them the last week, because they’re given us the news and given us more information — in my opinion — some of the positives are coming out. So, that was refreshing.
Chuba Hubbard Threatens to Distance Himself From OK. State
High-level athletes have made waves in recent weeks by putting reform for social injustice over their sport. A notable example would be Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, who believes that the NBA returning will be a distraction from the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Saying losing Hubbard would be a drastic blow for the Oklahoma State football program would be an understatement. The running back led all FBS players in rushing yards in 2019 with 2,094, while his 21 rushing touchdowns were good enough for the 3rd-most in the nation.
Last season’s Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year currently holds +1000 odds to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy, according to Odd Shark. These odds rank Hubbard behind only Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.
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