The Oklahoma State football team faced a turbulent Monday.
After a picture resurface of coach Mike Gundy wearing a shirt from One American News--a far-right news network-- multiple OSU players voiced strong opinions on Twitter.
One of the voices was especially prominent: Oklahoma State’s star running back Chuba Hubbard.
“I will not stand for this,” Hubbard said on Twitter. “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
After voicing his frustration, Hubbard then received support from many teammates.
“I stand with him,” OSU linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga said.
I stand with him! https://t.co/WWOs2ALxml— Amen Ogbongbemiga (@closedprayer) June 15, 2020
Safety Tre Sterling chimed in to defend Hubbard from hate comments.
“Some of the comments showing y’alls true colors,” Sterling said. “Y’all don’t care about my brotha. All y’all care ‘bout is touchdowns.”
Some of the comments showing y’all true colors.. y’all don’t care about my brother all y’all care bout is touchdowns. https://t.co/bjoRHepQGo— Tre Sterling (@sterling__trey) June 15, 2020
But it wasn't just current OSU players that spoke out against the program.
“OSU athletics and university need major change,” Hill said in a tweet. “100% support brotha.”
OSU Athletics and University need major change. 100% support brotha https://t.co/2JquXm3aPe— Justice Hill (@jhill21_) June 15, 2020
After seeing many current and former athletes speak out, OSU officials soon responded.
“I hear and respect the concerns expressed by our Black student-athletes," OSU President Burns Hargis said. "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.”
“This afternoon has been very disturbing," OSU athletic director Mike Holder said. "The tweets from the current & former players are of grave concern.”
After an entire day of tweets, statements and inner-turmoil, Gundy decided to meet with some players-- Hubbard included-- to discuss changes going forward.
"In light of today's tweet and the t-shirt that I was wearing, I met with some players and realized it is a very sensitive issue in light of what is going on in today's society," Gundy said. "So, we had a great meeting and made aware of some things that players feel like can 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."
Change is coming I promise you that. pic.twitter.com/wTGHtByh3N— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) June 15, 2020
Hubbard responded to Gundy with optimism that the program will make changes.
"I'll start with that I went about this the wrong way by tweeting. I'm not some one that, you know, has to tweet to make a change," Hubbard said. "I should have gone to him as a man and I'm more about action. That was bad on my part, but from now on we're going to be more focused on making change and that is the most important thing."
As for on-field implications, Hubbard left fans with a promise:
"No don’t get it twisted," Hubbard said in a tweet. "Foots still on the gas. Results are coming. It’s not over."
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