Oklahoma State University running back Chuba Hubbard tore into head coach Mike Gundy on Twitter Monday after a photo emerged showing him wearing a One America News Network T-shirt.
Hubbard slammed the coach over the photo in a tweet posted by CBS Sports writer Kyle Boone, writing, “I will not stand for this.. 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.”
I will not stand for this.. 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. https://t.co/psxPn4Khoq— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) June 15, 2020
At least one fellow Cowboys player, offensive lineman Teven Jenkins, quickly backed up Hubbard on Twitter:
As an O-line we stand and support Chuba https://t.co/5zau9yTpCF— maybe: tev (@TevenJenkins) June 15, 2020
In a video message Hubbard posted to Twitter later on Monday, Gundy said that he "met with some players" following the emergence of the photo and added that he has "realized it’s a very sensitive issue with what’s going on in today’s society."
Change is coming I promise you that. pic.twitter.com/wTGHtByh3N— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) June 15, 2020
“We had a great meeting,” Gundy, who stopped short of apologizing in the clip, said. “It made me aware of some things that players feel like could make our organization and 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. And we’ve got good days ahead.”
Hubbard, who was standing next to Gundy in the clip, also made remarks in the short clip.
“I’ll start off by first saying that I went about it the wrong way by tweeting. I’m not someone that has to tweet something to make change. I should have went to him as a man. I’m more about action. That was bad on my part,” the athlete said.
“From now on, we’re gonna focus on bringing change. And that’s the most important thing,” he added.
One America News is a right-wing network known for its pro-Trump coverage.
The network came under scrutiny earlier this month after President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE cited it in a tweet in which he promoted a baseless conspiracy theory about a 75-year-old man who was shoved to the ground and seriously injured by police in Buffalo, N.Y., during a recent protest against police brutality and racial inequality.
Earlier this year, one of the network’s reporters was slammed online for asking Trump at a press briefing — amid controversy over Trump's use of the phrase "Chinese virus" to refer to the coronavirus — if he considered the term “Chinese food” racist “because it is food that originated from China.”
The reporter accused the “major left-wing media” of joining forces with “Chinese Communist Party narratives” and trying to brand Trump as a “racist for making these claims about ‘Chinese virus’” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement to NBC News on Monday, Burns Hargis, the president of Oklahoma State University, said that he hears and respects the concerns expressed by the school’s black student-athletes after Hubbard’s tweet.
“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,” he added.