Mike Gundy, Chuba Hubbard post video regarding OAN T-shirt

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And unexpectedly turbulent day for the Oklahoma State football program has culminated in a joint video from coach Mike Gundy and running back Chuba Hubbard.

Gundy, who recently was photographed wearing a One American News T-shirt, spoke first.

“In light of today’s tweet with the T-shirt I was wearing,” Gundy said, “I met with some players and realize it’s a very sensitive issue with what’s going on in today’s society. And so we had a great meeting, and [I was] made aware of some things that players feel like can make our organization, our culture even better than it is here at Oklahoma State. And I’m looking forward to making some changes, and it starts at the top with me, and we’ve got good days ahead.”

Hubbard, who tweeted that “I will not stand for this,” that “[t]his is completely insensitive to everything going on in society, and it’s unacceptable, and that “I will not be doing anything with Oklahoma State until things CHANGE,” continued the presentation after Gundy finished.

“I’ll start off first by saying that I went about it the wrong way by tweeting,” Hubbard said. “I’m not someone that has to tweet something to make change. I should have went to him as a man. And I’m all about passion. So that was bad on my part. But from now on, we’re gonna focus on bringing change, and that’s the most important thing.”

Houston Texans receiver Kenny Stills has chimed in, telling Hubbard, “You did nothing wrong. Without public pressure Gundy wouldn’t have flinched. He didn’t even apologize in this video.”

Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder separately issued a statement: “This afternoon has been very disturbing. The tweets from the current and former players are of grave concern.”

Some in the media have attributed the reaction to Gundy as the latest example of “cancel culture” run amok. While it’s easy, and strategically useful, to blow the same-old dog whistles whenever a stand is taken against someone who has said or done something that merits fair criticism, this isn’t an example of cancel culture. This is an effort by young black men who play football without pay for a multi-millionaire white coach who supports a right-wing media outlet that espouses positions that run contrary to the interests of black Americans to hold their coach accountable.

Hubbard was right to call out Gundy. And Gundy was wrong to wear a T-shirt supporting a news outlet that pegs the needle to the right of FOX News, that traffics in ridiculous and dangerous conspiracy theories, and that employs a host who has called Black Lives Matter a criminal organization. And it’s sad that the video would create the impression that Hubbard is the only one of the two men who is actually sorry for what he did, when Hubbard is the only one of the two who shouldn’t be.

13 responses to “Mike Gundy, Chuba Hubbard post video regarding OAN T-shirt

  1. I don’t know anything about OAN but I respect our various freedoms as citizens of this country. Apparently we are willing to forego all that because Gundy is in the “wrong” for supporting something he believes in.

  2. Gundy can were any kind of fascist advertising he wants. But in doing so he must accept the right of others to call him out on it. There is no loss of freedoms here at all.

  3. I’m very proud of Hubbard for standing up for what he believes in, and for having the humility to be so gracious. And I’m pleased that Mike Gundy is listening. That’s a positive first step. He can’t be promoting the kind of divisive vitriol of OAN if he wants to be leading and have the respect of the diverse young athletes in his charge.

  4. People are (deliberately/willfully?) muddling thei issue regarding “freedom of speech.” Yes, Gundy has the right to wear any t-shirt he wants – whether it supports OAN or suggests Charles Manson should be freed or to deny the holocaust. No one is “stopping him.” One can make any or all of these statements in America without going to jail.

    By the same token, others have the right to criticize his statements. That is part of their freedom of speech.

    In America you can say any crazy thing you want, no matter how offensive. But people can also choose to call you out on what they view as hateful or offensive claims.

    People should take more responsibility for their public statements – especially if they are trying to model leadership and unite a group of young men (largely African-American). Poor audience awareness on Gundy’s part, at the very least.

    The blowback here, especially given the highly problematic background of OAN, is entirely justified.

    Let’s stop “playing the vicitim” of “lost free speech” when you get called out on publicly made statements.

  5. If Mike is like any other man in America they would have gotten this answer if they asked him why he was wearing the teeshirt ” It was free and it was clean”

  6. dino2997 says:
    June 15, 2020 at 8:30 pm
    I don’t know anything about OAN but I respect our various freedoms as citizens of this country. Apparently we are willing to forego all that because Gundy is in the “wrong” for supporting something he believes in.

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    What freedom was lost here? Gundy can wear whatever he wants and his players and possible recruits can make their choices to play for him based on that.

  7. I understand what people are saying, he truly has the right to actually wear what he wants, and believe what he wants, and say what he wants, therefore he has freedom of speech/expression…

    BUT

    (I should put this disclaimer, I am right leaning, but I’m not a conservative, I’m Independent).

    If you think he should be fired for having an opinion (that you dont share), does he really have freedom of speech? America has become, “you have the freedom to say anything you want, as long as its approved by the left”. Thats just reality. Its inarguable. When Kap was kneeling, the people on the right all agreed he was free to kneel if he wanted, and those same people were free to disagree with it. Thos eon the left all got outraged, “how dare you be offended by his freedom of expression?”. Now, reverse those roles, Gundy wears a shirt YOU dont like, and what happens? YOU are all outraged at his freedom of expression… Its crazy. ‘Merica.

  8. Attempt at a non-offensive name says:
    June 16, 2020 at 8:50 am

    When Kap was kneeling, the people on the right all agreed he was free to kneel if he wanted, and those same people were free to disagree with it. Thos eon the left all got outraged, “how dare you be offended by his freedom of expression?”. Now, reverse those roles, Gundy wears a shirt YOU dont like, and what happens? YOU are all outraged at his freedom of expression… Its crazy. ‘Merica.

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    You’re kind of distorting this from all angles.

    When Kaep kneeled, most on the right went nuts and said he deserved to get canned for a) protesting on his boss’s dime and/or b) disrespecting the military/police. (The “protesting on company hours” argument is funny because the underlying issue was that it occurred while Kaep presumably was executing tasks associated with his employment. I’m sure none of the people making that argument has ever texted or looked at personal websites while on company hours, though.).

    Contrast that with here. At least in the comments above and in the article itself, I’m not seeing anyone calling for Gundy to be fired. Gundy does deserve to get called out, if for nothing else than displaying the judgment associated with wearing the shirt of a news outlet that actively peddles conspiracy theories and more recently has shared fabricated stories re: the Floyd protests to cause divisiveness.

  9. It seems that in today’s world, it seems if you’re right, you’re wrong. If you you’re left, you’re right.

    And the left doesn’t tolerate anyone that doesn’t see things their way.

  10. Coaches, Players, Celebrities, Politicians, Cops and the Average Citizen now walk through a field of egg shells anytime they identify themselves with ANYTHING that one person or many find as offensive or that differs from what the offended believes in. Be it said that change within society..i.e..Law Enforcement is on the horizon but individual liberty of wearing the clothing you wish to wear, listening to the music you wish to hear, or reading/watching/listening to whatever media platform you wish to consume is your right. There are two (2) edges to the sword and society needs to be aware of that.

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