OSU football: Seniors led discussions on social injustice last Friday
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy gave his team Friday off from practice with the players meeting to discuss the ongoing struggle for racial justice in light of the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
Gundy said the seniors guided discussions with the team breaking into small groups throughout the west end zone facility of Boone Pickens Stadium.
One of the key complaints from players over the summer had been that they felt Gundy was disconnected from their opinions on what was going on in the world during the time of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer in Minnesota and racial protesting in several parts of the country.
Friday’s decision to cancel practice appeared to be a step toward Gundy taking a stronger interest in his players’ feelings.
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“We let the players have input on the situation,” Gundy said. “So the seniors led the way and got together and had some discussions, and got some good information.
“It was just listening. Everybody was just listening to an opinion on how people felt.”