Mike Gundy and Chuba Hubbard say they’re focused on bringing change to the Oklahoma State football program.
Hubbard, a redshirt junior and the 2019 FBS leading rusher, took to Twitter on Monday to condemn his head coach for wearing a T-shirt representing One America News (OAN), a far-right conservative news outlet, during a fishing trip this past weekend in Texas. Hubbard wrote it was “completely insensitive to everything going on in society, and it’s unacceptable.” He added he would not participate in anything with OSU until things change.
Hubbard’s teammates, both past and present, flocked to Twitter to support his call for change within the program and OSU.
Eight hours after the initial tweet, Hubbard shared a video on Twitter with Gundy as the two shared statements about what unfolded.
“In light of today’s tweet with the T-shirt I was wearing, I have met with some players and realized it’s a very sensitive issue [Black Lives Matter movement] with what’s going on in today’s society. And so we had a great meeting and [I] was made aware of somethings that players feel like can make our organization and culture even better than it already is here at Oklahoma State. I’m looking forward to making some changes, and it’s start at the top with me. We’ve got good days ahead.”
“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 [Gundy] as a man. I’m more about action, so 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.”
Change is coming I promise you that. pic.twitter.com/wTGHtByh3N— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) June 15, 2020
No don’t get it twisted. Foots still on the gas. Results are coming. It’s not over.— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) June 16, 2020
OSU president Burns Hargis and athletic director Mike Holder issued individual statements earlier in the day. Hargis tweeted his message from his personal account, while Holder released a statement through the athletic department.
I hear and respect the concerns expressed by our Black student-athletes. This is a time for unity of purpose to confront racial inequities and injustice. We will not tolerate insensitive behavior by anyone at Oklahoma State.— Burns Hargis (@burnshargis) June 15, 2020
“This afternoon has been very disturbing. The tweets from the current and former players are of grave concern,” Holder said.