Chuba Hubbard Responds to Twitter Message that Shows Gundy Wearing an OAN T-Shirt

Robert Allen

STILLWATER -- Mike Gundy has always said good teams are ones that avoid distractions. In some of the school's best football seasons thay've avoided distractions, but this is a summer full of distraction and one of the largest came on Monday, June 15. A Twitter message posted a picture of Gundy fishing this past week at the Lake Texhoma and the Cowboys head coach is wearing a t-shirt promoting the conservative news network One America News. Shortly after that, the Cowboys All-American running back Chuba Hubbard came out and said he is not going to do anything with Oklahoma State again until things change.

"I will not stand for this," wrote Hubbard on Twitter in response to the picture that was part of his message. "This is completely insensitive to everything going on in society, and it is unacceptable. I will not be doing anything with Oklahoma State until things CHANGE."

Within an hour there were 20,000 likes and Hubbard's Twitter message got massive attention from local and Oklahoma State factions. The national media attention kicked in shortly after.

Gundy had mentioned One America News as a news channel he had found that he trusted in the reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic. Gundy discussed this during his teleconference back in April when he spoke with the media about the pandemic. This was before the death of George Floyd and the strong move toward supporting social and racial injustice and the protests regarding Black Lives Matter. Since then the network has been labeled in a lot of negative ways.

“I tell you what's funny is, I was flipping through stations," Gundy started. "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." 

Gundy is on record as being a political conservative, but he has never shown signs of being racist or that any kind of double standard exists within his program. He has long been an advocate of his players, no matter color, religion, or culture. Gundy has seemingly been very acceptable with his players.

Last week, Pokes Report reported that Gundy held a team meeting for players already on campus to give them a chance to speak their mind in front of teammates, coaches, and staff. Gundy has been supportive of his players and allowed them the right to speak their mind. 

Very early during the unrest following the George Floyd death and the start of protests throughout the nation, Gundy put this out on his social media.

"I can't stop thinking about the horrible situation that happened in Minneapolis earlier this week," Gundy wrote. "I've been at a loss of words to describe the shocking video of George Floyd. My heart and prayers go out to his family. This disgraceful event means we must work harder together everyday to put an end to the mistreatment of black Americans in our country. I'm thankful to be in an environment with Oklahoma State football and our Cowboy Culture where we respect each other. The 200 people in our family understand and appreciate diversity and have compassion for one another. I hope we replace the rage with respect and all come together."

Former players came out in the rash of Twitter traffic to back Chuba Hubbard.

There were also some current players that weighed in.

The next 24 hours will be critical. We've seen situations like this before and a few have been course corrected and made stronger in the process. Many more have gone the wrong way and the program has had to be rebuilt. The sad aspect of this is Oklahoma State has created a culture that has been good for players. Players are given a lot of freedom and control in the program. They have earned it. This is a program that has had a strong record of wins on the field and lack of issues off of it. The academics are stronger than they have ever been.

Gundy has seemed to be a player's coach. Players have been openly complimentary of Gundy for his treatment of players. Practices are kept fairly short and players don't have to worry about the 20-hour rule being abused. 

Now, over the t-shirt of a conservative news channel, Oklahoma State football is in a massive uproar.  The important question, does it all go deeper than just wearing a t-shirt offensive to his players? When situations like this get started, the answers seem to eventually come out, but it often painstaking in the process. This is a day and time where answers need to be found. 

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CowboyBattalion
CowboyBattalion

There is only one course of action that will save Gundy right now - He needs to apologize and record a video of him burning the shirt. He needs to say that his team comes first and ask for their forgiveness.

TuskaPoke
TuskaPoke

A picture is worth a thousand words. In this day and time, pictures mean a lot.

scottsdalepoke
scottsdalepoke

This was not a smart move by Gundy. Huge mistake!

Common__sense
Common__sense

Are you people mental? Apolgize for having a different opion. He didnt attend a clan rally. He more a t-shirt for a news network. This spolied brat needs to be educated on the bill of rights.

WTFisHAPPENNING
WTFisHAPPENNING

How in the world does anyone think this ok. What kind of lesson will you be teaching young adults, children and people of all colors and races. You do not demand anything because your feelings get hurt or worst just wanting attention. Who took the picture and who put it out everywhere to make this comment? See if the kid or anyone in his family got paid to say this about Gundy!! Hubbard went to play for Gundy when he obviously could have picked anywhere else he wanted to play. Why play Coach gundy? Coach Gundy will fight tooth and nail right next to every single one of his players. That is one thing Hubbard should have learned already about being on a team. You are brothers and their are no skin colors and no I in team! If he had such a problem then why not be a man about it and say something to his coach instead of acting like a spoiled little kid. I'm not even an Oklahoma State fan but I am a fan of the type of man Coach Mike Gundy is and the Respect he deserves. Just because a boss or a coach wears a news agency t-shirt that rubs you the wrong way does not give anyone the right to Demand anything. Was coach Gundy a problem when he offered you a full scholarship to a well respected athletic program and an education to put you levels head of others? It's not a color problem that this country has but it is a Parenting problem with our society. Their is No respect for authority, No respect for our elders, and sure as hell NO RESPECT for one to have their own opinions anymore. Hubbard demanding anything should be addressed in a professional manner and there should be ZERO apologizing for a news media T-Shirt. Insanity

Oam
Oam

Going to be very interesting to see how this ends up. Not sure this ends well for him

Oam
Oam

Glad to see this mess may be fixed

NorthDFWPoke
NorthDFWPoke

Remember Coach Gundys issue with carpenter that reportedly wore 0u gear to work at Mikes house. What you wear can make passive aggressive statements. Not great timing by coach Gundy.

Dlyon
Dlyon

One of the dumbest comments I have heard in a long time

Dlyon
Dlyon

Gundy has nothing to apologize for

NorthDFWPoke
NorthDFWPoke

I can’t find Capt Steve original tweet. I find it interesting that Capt Steve didn’t tag HCMG. It’s not like Gundy wanted this picture out there that I can tell. That indicates to me Gundy wasn’t trying to make some statement. I could be wrong.

Based on some former players response there are probably some rules or traditions in OSU football that are intended to be conforming or unifying that are misunderstood at best or offensive at worst. Learning from this is no different than learning a new football play. You have to exaggerate the steps until it becomes muscle memory. Leaders that don’t learn wont be effective.

I personally am learning things as we go through all of this. As an old white guy some of this new interpretation hurts me, makes me feel guilty and I had no intention to oppress or stand in the way of someone opportunity.

There was a time I had the stars and bars right on the front license plate of my pickup. I didn’t do it to hold anybody down. I thought it was pretty darn cool in the urban cowboy era and if it was good enough for Hank Jr it is ok by me. Over time more people that I know or respect by reputation made me understand that something cool to me could represent something evil to others. No one made me take my license plate off but it didn’t feel like something I wanted to be identified with by people that don’t even know me. This movement shouldn’t be so much like we need to force people to wear this thing or that that thing to demonstrate a side. Kema Siveraand a recent graduate comments on Twitter that Chuba wearing a doo rag in the Hubbard Gundy statement means something to former players. I don’t know if doo rags or hats etc are not allowed in the program but it seemed to signal something to Kema Siverand.

Whatever the answer staff and players need to find the right spot for learning and to be the best team possible.

(Sorry I originally attributed the durag comment to AJ Green. I am sure I misspelled Kema name)

Orangeheart72
Orangeheart72

So is this the equivalent of being a Fox News fan vs MSNBC? I don't understand the OAN deal honestly. Is it considered racist due to spoken messages or just racist by association with being conservative?

CowboyBattalion
CowboyBattalion

This isn’t about politics or free speech. It’s about winning games. If you told me as a coach that if I wear a pink shirt everyday then I would recruit better players, I would wear the pink shirt. It’s not rocket science.

vgibson
vgibson

A t-shirt with a message is not just a t-shirt with a message. It's there for a purpose. It's a statement. ONA represents a network that choses to promote far-right conservative, fact-less, conspiracy theories and explicit support for Trump. Gundy has the right to wear it, but the community also has the right to request that someone who doesn't embrace the values of Oklahoma State be fired.

FSU warrior
FSU warrior

Wow! When did all the salamanders invade and take over OSU?


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