The Mike Gundy-OAN shirt controversy has been addressed, and it's now time for change, according to Oklahoma State's biggest star. Gundy, along with running back Chuba Hubbard, appeared in a video Monday evening in which they had seemingly smoothed over what very well could have been a stunning boycott within the program.
Following numerous tweets of support from his teammates, along with some concerning statements from Oklahoma State's administrators, Gundy and Hubbard appeared together in the video on Hubbard's account. Gundy said that, following a team meeting, he was "looking forward to making some changes and it starts at the top," while Hubbard apologized for taking his issue to Twitter.
"In light of today's tweet with the T-shirt I was wearing, I met with some players and realized it's a very sensitive issue with what's going on in today's society," Gundy said. "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. I'm looking forward to making some changes and it starts at the top with me. We have good days ahead."
Said Hubbard: "I went about it the wrong way by tweeting. I'm not someone that has to tweet something to bring change. I should have went to him as a man. I'm more about action. That was bad on my part. But from now on we're going to focus on bringing change and that's the most important thing."
The dustup on Monday began after Hubbard, the nation's leading rusher in 2019, came across a tweet showing Gundy on a fishing trip wearing a shirt representative of the One America News Network. OAN is considered a fringe right-wing cable channel seen as heavily pro-Donald Trump for which Gundy previously expressed his affinity.
"I will not stand for this," Hubbard tweeted. "This is completely insensitive to everything going on in society, and it's unacceptable. I will not be doing anything with Oklahoma State until things CHANGE."
Hubbard then tweeted another statement Tuesday morning thanking people for their support and his rationale for taking his comments to social media.
"I was never wrong for saying what I did," Hubbard said. "I am a man, and I realized I should have went to him [Gundy] as a man face to face rather than on Twitter. 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!"
Additionally, Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga, who previously voiced his support for Hubbard, said, "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're all in this together."
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