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Don't wear an OU shirt to Mike Gundy's house

Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 2:17 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a helpful tip to anyone that may be hired by Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy to work around Gundy's home in Stillwater: don't show up on the first day of work wearing an Oklahoma shirt.

On Thursday Brent Loveland filed a lawsuit in Payne County alleging that after he was hired to work on Gundy's new home, he was fired for wearing an Oklahoma shirt to the job. Loveland, a trim specialist, is seeking damages in excess of $10,000 as he claims he lost out on $30,000 in potential income by turning down other work so that he could take the job at Gundy's house.
The suit states that Mike Gundy and Loveland verbally agreed in February that Loveland would perform trim installation at an overall payment of $80,600. The alleged confrontation occurred on what would have been Loveland’s first day on the job.

According to the suit, Gundy approached Loveland and said, “How dare you come into my house and offend my wife?” The states that when Loveland asked what Gundy was referring to, the coached replied by saying, “That (expletive deleted) shirt you have on.”
Loveland claims that he got dressed in the dark that morning and wasn't even aware that the shirt he put on had an Oklahoma logo on it. Which, in my opinion, is a bit laughable. Even if he didn't notice the shirt when he first put it on, he had plenty of time to notice once he left his dark room and made his way to Gundy's house. I'm thinking Loveland knew exactly what he was doing when he put the shirt on, but that he just didn't think he would be fired for wearing it.

Gundy wouldn't comment on the lawsuit, but his lawyer did release a statement for him.

“While I cannot discuss the specifics of pending litigation," said the statement, "I deny the allegations being made and welcome the opportunity to fully resolve the matter.” 

Hat tip: Kegs 'N Eggs
Comments

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Don't wear an OU shirt to Mike Gundy's house

Has everybody forgotten the motto, the customer is always right?  This guys is was either trying to get under Gundy's skin or he's a total idiot.  If you can't stand to keep your allegiance to yourself, be prepared to be fired. 



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Don't wear an OU shirt to Mike Gundy's house

Wearing a rival team's shirt to the house of a head coach (is) asinine...he had the stupidity and audacity to wear it there...This guy was hired to do a job, not insert his undying love for Oklahoma
Asinine? Audacity? A carpenter's t-shirt as an expression of "undying love" for a university? Please tell me you're kidding.

Merriam Webster's definition of asinine: : extremely or utterly foolish &
lt;an asinine excuse>2: of, relating to, or resembling an ass. Another example would be to go ape-guano insane over an Oklahoma baseball t-shirt, spew a stream of obscenities at a working stiff who immediately apologized and offered to change shirts, embarrass your university again, and finally, lose up to $80,000 in court and effectively pay double for your original carpentry job. And you think the carpenter's act was asinine? I don't think you really understand the definition very well. I'm actually surprised there wasn't a picture of Gundy next to the definition!



P.S. I've lived in Tennessee for almost 30 years.



Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Don't wear an OU shirt to Mike Gundy's house

Give us a break Notorious98 we are not ready for the dreaded south blood bath sports battles which as it sounds make the Bloods and Cripps clashes pillow fights.  Gundy possibly barring his brother from visiting; great response.

Actually yes it is very different than a Tea Party supporter getting hired by Obama to do yard work; he is the President of the United States and executes his office 24/7 as an arm of the government and cannot limit an individuals expressive freedom unless it actually breaks the law.  Construction worker clothing thought process and then eluding to a retard statement....let us get a grasp on reality use terms we can control like redneck, Cowboy, Sooner, pompous, high-brow or blue collar, American, salt of the earth, a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. 

Gundy is a tool and that is okay because he is allowed to be that way; he is an American and has been given that right as well even if he chooses badly from time-to-time. 



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Don't wear an OU shirt to Mike Gundy's house

Since when did an in-state college rivalry become the Bloods versus the Cripps?
You obviously don't live in the south.

Gundy's own brother coaches at OU! Does Mike bar him from visiting, too?
Possibly.
I believe if I were a contractor who had been fired for wearing an opposing teams colors to a job should approach this as an equal opportunity suit; who cares that it is not an ethnic, gender, sexual persuasion issue.
And you'd lose.  EO doesn't apply to choices you make, it's based under the assumption that you're not be discriminated against for the way you were born.  This is also under the assumption that your sexual preference is born and not learned (which studies are showing that you are born that way).  Wearing a rival team's shirt to the house of a head coach isn't just stupid, it's asinine.  He didn't get fired because of what he wore, it's because he had the stupidity and audacity to wear it there.  We're not talking about Gundy's brother.  This is some schmo hired to do a job.  It wouldn't be any different than a Tea Party supporter getting hired by Obama to do some yard work and then showing up wearing a "Impeach Obama" sweatshirt.  This guy was hired to do a job, not insert his undying love for Oklahoma.  He should have put some thought into his choice of workwear instead of exercising his right to be a retard.



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:15 am
 

Don't wear an OU shirt to Mike Gundy's house

This lawsuit was an attempt to smear Gundy...

Doubtful; it's probably just an attemt to recoup his losses. $80,000 is a lot of money, especially during a recession.

You really think any local businessman would want this kind of negative publicity?



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:11 am
 

Don't wear an OU shirt to Mike Gundy's house

The contractor got exactly what he deserved.  As for his suit, the old adage still applies: a verbal contract is as good as the paper it's written on.  It's a nuisance suit: the only people who make any money on it will be the attorneys
Incorrect; you can sue for breach of a verbal contract, as long as you can prove that the contract was executed in good faith.

He's also suing "detrimental reliance" (he bought equipment & supplies and turned down other contracts to dedicate himself for this job) and "intentional infliction of emotional distress." 

And if the substance of what this guy is alleging in his is accurate, then he will likely win. This carpenter had previously worked on Gundy's parents' home, which was why Gundy hired him. This carpenter is no lawsuit seeker, publicity hound, or anything else. He repeatedly apologized for the t-shirt (he even offered multiple times to apologize to Gundy's wife!) and repeatedly offered to turn it inside out or change the shirt. Gundy just kept cursing him out and refused to accept his apologies. 

Gundy is a seriously unstable guy once he gets going. 



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:02 am
 

Don't wear an OU shirt to Mike Gundy's house

Best article on the topic here... 
 
 
Link to the actual lawsuit... 
 
 
Either this carpenter is a pathological liar who is risking a slander counter-suit or else Gundy is a grade A tool. This carpenter had previously worked on Gundy's parent's home, for God's sake. I find it hard to take seriously that Mike Gundy (or any adult) takes a hired laborer's t-shirt seriously. Since when did an in-state college rivalry become the Bloods versus the Cripps? Gundy's own brother coaches at OU! Does Mike bar him from visiting, too?

Chill out, Gundy. Better yet, if you really want to be all tribal about "OSU soil," then cut this guy a break, crack a joke about his evil t-shirt and then give him an OSU shirt to put on instead. That's a win-win outcome, The carpenter worker thinks you're a cool guy and any publicity about the event is light-hearted and positive. Instead, Gundy goes all Jerry Springer...again. 

Can you imagine a coach of the stature of John Wooden, Joe Paterno, or Mike Krzyzewski ever doing something this stupid? Even Bobby Knight probably had enough self-control to ignore such a trivial matter.

Gundy is fast becoming the Bobby Knight of college football - sans the national championships.  



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2011 11:00 pm
 

Don't wear an OU shirt to Mike Gundy's house

its Gundy's house, his rules......if some idiot thought he could wear a OU shirt there he deserved to be fired

 




Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Don't wear an OU shirt to Mike Gundy's house

There has to be a joke in here somewhere. Lets see - Why did the Cowboys coach fire the Sooner fan? Because his wife said so. That is a joke isn't it? I guess the coach is little high strung.  He should have laughed it off and be done with it.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Don't wear an OU shirt to Mike Gundy's house

Anyone bringing up the first amendment on this post needs to seriously read a history book.  The first amendment in the Bill of Rights, along with the rest of the constitution. only apply to GOVERNMENT ACTIONS....not the actions of private citizens.  The coach might be a government employee but he was dealing with a contractor in his private house.  There is no freedom of speach issues in PRIVATE situations.  The contractor was not harmed by government action because he got fired.  He might be able to collect on an issue of a contract violation but his right were not violated because the coach was acting like a citizen.  Granted, he is acting like a complete child but what else can you expect from a football coach?


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