OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A day after Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard took on his coach, Mike Gundy on social media for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel, Gundy was excused.
Hubbard, who is black, suggested on Monday that he may boycott the program after Gundy has been photographed wearing a T-shirt promoting One America News Network, a cable channel and a web site that has been critical of the Black Lives Matter movement and welcomed by President Donald Trump.
On Monday night, Hubbard and Gundy appeared in a video togetherwith Gundy saying he would make changes.
Gundy, who is white, he took a step closer on Tuesday.
“Our players have expressed their feelings as individuals and as members of the team. They have helped me to see, through their eyes, how the T-shirt touched their hearts,” Gundy said. “Once I learned that the network of Black felt on the Life of the Material, I was disgusted and I knew that it was completely unacceptable for me. I would like to apologize to all the members of our team, former players and their families for the pain and discomfort caused in the course of the last two days. Black lives matter to me. Our players matter to me.”
Gundy has been seen in a photo on Twitter wearing the jersey with the letters NAO. Hubbard responded and he said: “I will not stand for it. It is completely insensitive to everything that is going on in society, and that is unacceptable. I’m not going to do anything with Oklahoma State until things CHANGE.”
Hubbard tweet has attracted the support of past and present Oklahoma State players. The school president and athletic director released statements supporting black athletes, condemning, insensitive behavior, and express concerns about the responses to the tweet without directly calling Gundy.
Hubbard has been more active on social media since George Floyd, a black man unarmed, died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Floyd neck for several minutes.
Gundy also apologized in April after a media session in which he called the coronavirus of the “Chinese virus.”
Last season, Hubbard, who is from Canada, has been first-team All-American and the AP Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. He ran for 2,094 yards, the second-best season total in school history, and finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting. He was NFL draft eligible, but has chosen to return to school.
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