Oklahoma State University head football Coach Mike Gundy promised change is coming to the program after a t-shirt he wore in a picture prompted one of his star players to threaten a boycott.
A photo of Coach Gundy wearing a “One American News” shirt, a far right-wing news network with some of its announcers often condemning the Black Lives Matter movement, sparked the controversy.
OSU running back Chuba Hubbard took to Twitter and said “I will not stand for this. This is completely insensitive to everything going on in society and its unacceptable. I will not be doing anything with Oklahoma State until things change.”
In an attempt to smooth over what could have been a boycott within the program, Gundy and Hubbard appeared in a joint video. Gundy apologized and promised things would change within the program and at the University.
“We had a great meeting and made aware of some things players feel like can make our organization, our culture, even better than it is here at Oklahoma State.” Said Gundy.
In the video, Hubbard said he could’ve addressed the issue in a better way instead of taking to Twitter.
“I went about it in the wrong way by tweeting,” said Hubbard in the joint video with Coach Gundy. “You know, I’m not someone that you know has to tweet something to make change. I should’ve went to him as a man. And I’m more about action, so that was bad on my part.”
Hubbard said he’s not giving up on the issue and everyone can expect change.
“But from now on we’re going to focus on bringing change and that’s the most important thing.” Said Hubbard in a joint video with Coach Gundy.
Other OSU Football players also chimed in on the issue.
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. My teammates and I have all agreed we will go ahead and resume all workouts and activities. We are all in this together.”
The President of OSU, Burns Hargis, also took to Twitter and said, “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.”