Layna Dewell, News9.com
STILLWATER, Oklahoma – An Oklahoma City-based contractor claims Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy fired him for wearing a University of Oklahoma t-shirt while working on Gundy's home in Stillwater.
According to the lawsuit filed in Payne County, Brent Loveland is suing Mike and Kristen Gundy for a breach of contract and is seeking damages in excess of $10,000.
According to the lawsuit, on March 21, Loveland woke up around 4 a.m. to leave to work at the Gundy residence and he "grabbed whatever clothes were on top of his drawers, dressed in the dark and left for the job site."
After working on the house for less than three hours that day, Coach Gundy and his wife arrived home and Gundy immediately confronted Loveland about the Oklahoma baseball shirt he was wearing.
"How dare you come into my house and offend my wife," Gundy allegedly said to Loveland.
Loveland claims he inquired as to what Gundy was talking about to which Gundy responded "that f---ing shirt you have on."
From there the court documents allege Gundy continued cussing at Loveland telling him he was a "stupid idiot for wearing the shirt on OSU soil."
Loveland claims Gundy eventually told him to "pack his s--t and get off Mike's property."
Loveland stated that Gundy's outburst was "a tirade by Mike of epic proportions" and that after Gundy refused to accept his apology and that he was forced to pack his equipment and leave the Gundy residence.
Court documents state, Loveland was hired to do trim work on the Gundy's Stillwater home and that "it was likely that he (Loveland) would be engaged to do additional work in the basement." Because Loveland had blocked out a large amount of time to work on the Gundy's home, he claims he personally lost more than $30,000 because he didn't have the opportunity to do the trim work in the basement of the Gundy Residence.
Neither Gundy nor Oklahoma State has commented on the Issue, but attorney Willie Baker released the following statement to the Stillwater NewsPress on the issue.
"On behalf of Coach Gundy, 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 has not further commented on the issue, but the court documents do state that "his random choice in the dark that morning of what shirt to wear was unfortunate."