OSU football: Mike Gundy, Chuba Hubbard address OAN shirt incident on ESPN+
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he was “a dumbass” for wearing an One America News Network T-shirt that nearly caused a player revolt in an interview posted late Wednesday on ESPN+.
“I didn’t know some of the stances they had taken,” Gundy said. “I didn't know that. But then you look at it and say, ‘OK, I was a dumbass.’ I put the shirt on not knowing enough about the shirt.”
You can watch the full video here.
On Monday, OSU star running back Chuba Hubbard tweeted that he would not participate in Cowboys activities after seeing the photo of Gundy in the shirt on a fishing trip. By that evening, the two recorded a video together, hugging after Hubbard apologized for not approaching Gundy personally.
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Now, both spoke to ESPN+ as part of a not-yet-announced series planned this fall set to follow the Cowboys’ season.
“I'm just someone that always wants to pride myself on doing the right thing and standing for the right reasons,” Hubbard said in the video. “I’m not a politician, I'm not anything like that. I’m just someone that stands up for what’s right and that’s what I was trying to do.”
OAN Network is a far-right, pro-Donald Trump cable news network rated by Media Bias/Fact Check as being "not a credible news source.”
Gundy, Hubbard and linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga met for 2 hours this week. Hubbard said he was able to explain his side of things.
Gundy said he learned his lesson.
“I understood exactly why the players got frustrated when they found that out, however they found out what it was,” Gundy said. “I didn't know. I didn’t know until the next day. Well, I knew that night, but I didn’t confirm it until I did a little research and I was like, ‘What a dumbass.’ So, that was my fault.”
Gundy went on to say upsetting the players was the toughest part of this week.
“The way the players felt about me and I upset them and broke their heart, that bothered me more than losing games,” Gundy said. “And that’s the truth.
“That’s why now as humans when we make mistakes the only thing we can do is admit we’re wrong, own up to it, be humble, accept critical people, criticism, make it better moving forward.”
Hubbard said the meeting also opened his eyes.
“He said some stuff and I realized some people may be ignorant in the fact that some people may just not understand what’s going on or the seriousness of what’s going on, and some people need to be educated,” Hubbard said. “Whether I can't depict exactly what’s going on with him or whatever, I’m going to do my best to educate him and do my best to make Oklahoma State a better program for all athletes. That’s all I’m trying to do.”
Hubbard also said it’s up to Gundy to make the changes he’s alluded to publicly.
“I’m in a position right now where I have to act fast and I have to do something right, and I feel like he may feel the same way,” Hubbard said. “Obviously we’re in two different positions. It’s up to him if he wants to make things right or not.”