Oklahoma State University head football coach Mike Gundy just found out how expensive cancel culture can be as he was forced to renegotiate his contract agreement after wearing a One American News Network t-shirt while fishing.
$1 million later, Gundy will be allowed to continue coaching his team.
Coach Mike Gundy took a $1 million pay cut while losing several other major pieces of his original agreement with the school, according to ESPN. Oklahoma State AD Mike Holder made the announcement will adding that he also will lose a year on his contract (from 5 to 4), his buyout was reduced from $5 million to $4 million, and his guaranteed money dipped from 75% to 50%, according to the sports network.
A photo of Gundy wearing the OAN t-shirt was uploaded to social media where star running back Chuba Hubbard tweeted he would “not stand for this.”
Hubbard said his coach’s choice to wear the shirt was “completely insensitive to everything going on in society and it’s unacceptable.”
“I will not be doing anything with Oklahoma State until things CHANGE,” the player added.
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
Gundy quickly apologized for the perceived offense and was “humble and remorseful” accepting his punishment. He also appeared in a video with Hubbard where the two said they were looking forward to bringing change to their school.
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Hubbard was the leading rusher in college football last season, which likely helped cause the chain-reaction which included several teammates and former players and even the university president all expressing “concern” over the t-shirt.
But, the outlet reports, the offense was never detailed. Neither Hubbard, nor any of his teammates explained why they were offended by the t-shirt:
“It is not clear if the star running back believes holding conservative viewpoints is unacceptable, or if it’s something specific that happened on OANN that is at issue,” Faithwire reports. “If it is the former, there are likely many OSU fans who hold conservative viewpoints and are not thrilled with being summarily labeled racist.”
ESPN labeled One America News a “far-right” news network that is “pro-Trump” and has “criticized the Black Lives Matter” movement. Once again, it is highly likely there are many pro-Trump OSU fans who would take extreme offense to blanketly being labeled racist, and the fact that ESPN views the BLM movement as unassailable is revealing.
It’s also unclear as to how reducing his own pay and contract benefits is relevant to this situation. Gundy, for his part, was “humble, remorseful and committed to change,” after speaking with his players.