Oklahoma State soccer coach Mike Gundy apologized on Tuesday after an image surfaced on the Web of him wearing a shirt selling One America Information Community, a right-wing station.
“I had a great meeting with our team today. Our players expressed their feelings as individuals and as team members. They helped me see through their eyes how the T-shirt affected their hearts,” Gundy stated. “As soon as I realized how that community felt about Black Lives Matter, I used to be disgusted and knew it was fully unacceptable to me. I would like to apologize to all members of our group, former gamers and their households for the ache and discomfort that has been triggered during the last two days.
“Black Lives Matter to me. Our players matter to me,” Gundy added. “These meetings with our team have been eye-opening, and will result in positive changes for Oklahoma State football. I sincerely hope the Oklahoma State family, near and far, will accept my humble apology as we move forward.”
Oklahoma State operating again Chuba Hubbard, a Heisman Trophy award candidate, threatened to sit out of all group actions after seeing the picture of his head coach on Monday.
“I cannot stand for this.. That is fully insensitive to all the things occurring in society, and it’s unacceptable,” Hubbard wrote on Twitter. “I will not be doing anything with Oklahoma State until things CHANGE.”
In a while Monday, Hubbard posted a video of himself with Gundy, and a caption that learn: “Change is coming I promise you that.”
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On Tuesday, Hubbard addressed the controversy and launched an extended assertion on the difficulty.
“I will start by saying this; I was never wrong for saying what I said. I am a man, and I realized I should have went to him as a man face to face rather than on Twitter. That’s my opinion. But I had to hold him accountable either way. I am glad things happened the way they did because things are being changed as we speak,” he wrote in an announcement posted on Twitter.
“If anybody actually is aware of me, they know I’m a really passionate individual. I care about my household, mates, teammates and other people I don’t even know. I spoke out as a result of I’m emotionally drained and I’m bored with seeing stuff occurring with out outcomes or penalties. I understand I’ve a platform to generate change and I’m attempting my finest to use it accordingly.”
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He continued: “I am a young black man that wants change. I want change that will bring a better experience for my black brothers and sisters at Oklahoma State. It’s that simple.”
Hubbard vowed that he’ll strive to carry change “EVERYDAY” to the varsity and the world.
He added, “Good will come from this.”
Gundy’s shirt reverberated throughout social media. ESPN faculty soccer analyst Paul Finebaum went so far as to say that Gundy needs to be fired.
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“I thought the wrong person apologized. Chuba [Hubbard] is just expressing his frustration with his head coach in the middle of a national, international crisis, wearing a T-shirt of a network that I must admit I’ve never seen. But I’ve read enough about it,” he said on “Get Up.” “And a commentator of that community just lately stated that ‘black lives matter’ is a farce. So I can perceive the frustration of the gamers. What I can’t perceive is why Mike Gundy is allowed to proceed to coach at Oklahoma State.”
Finebaum continued: “This is not his first rodeo. It’s not the first time that he has embarrassed or humiliated the university. I think the sooner Oklahoma State gets rid of Mike Gundy, the better it’s going to be for that school and especially the players who go out every Saturday and give their blood, sweat, and tears for that university.”
Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.