Oklahoma State Football Coach Apologizes For Wearing A One America News Shirt After Player Complains [Opinion]

OPINION | This article contains commentary which reflects the author's opinion.

Apparently someone slept through their First Amendment class.

Mike Gundy, the head football coach at Oklahoma State is under fire for wearing a shirt. Yes, you read that right. A picture was posted online of Gundy during a recent fishing trip in which he is wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo for OANN (One America News Network). That’s all that’s on the shirt. No political statement, no profanity, nothing but the name and logo of a channel. This, however, does not sit well with one of the OSU players.

After seeing the picture, Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard ran to Twitter to say this to his coach and the world:

“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.”

He will ‘not stand for this’. He will not stand for a coach wearing a shirt with a cable network logo on it. What a freedom fighter.

What if the coach wore a CNN or MSNBC shirt? Would Hubbard have a beef then?

What if he spoke out against a network like liberal activist-run Nickelodeon? The channel geared toward children runs regular spots promoting far-left liberal causes. Suppose a player said that Nick was horrible because it is influencing our children in a bad way? That player would be vilified. We MUST accept ALL liberal thought and action and we MUST denounce ALL conservative thought and action. That is the message we are being suffocated with of late.

Imagine Bear Bryant or Mike Ditka having a college player tell them how to dress or what to watch or how to think. It wouldn’t be well received. Coach Gundy had a chance to stand up for himself and expose the ridiculous hypocrisy that is ruining sports and society, or quiver in a corner and issue a pathetic apology. He chose the latter. Of course, he did.

Gundy and Hubbard appeared together in a video on Hubbard’s Twitter feed Monday night. Gundy apologized (for wearing a shirt). “I’m looking forward to making some changes,” Gundy said.

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Of course, the media is eating this up. Headlines are calling Gundy’s shirt ‘controversial’. It has the name of a TV channel on it. How can we ever survive a football coach wearing a shirt with the logo of one of the only news networks that isn’t spewing fake news at every turn?

Hubbard is from Canada, but apparently he is an authority on all things American, including politics and news outlets.

Welcome to Liberal Lala Land 2020. Oh no, a statue! Oh no, a cartoon dog! Oh no, a red hat! Oh no, a shirt!

Being against police brutality is a good thing. Being sad and angry about George Floyd’s death is appropriate and understandable. But now, we must boycott Flag Day. We must protest during our national anthem. We must go after animated characters and amusement park rides. And apparently, we must let a 21-year old Canadian college kid dictate what we are allowed to wear. Ridiculous.

How narcissistic must someone be to think this nonsense is OK? As long as people continue to back down like little meek flowers, this craziness will continue.

Hubbard is no stranger to Twitter. He has posted many things besides this shot at his coach’s shirt. One time Hubbard tweeted a picture of Jay-Z complete with the quote ‘It’s Okay to live a life that others don’t understand.’ Unless, of course, you like to watch OAN?

Just another day in sports. An American man wore a shirt that had the name of an American news channel on it and he was pressured to apologize. They didn’t have to poke ’em too hard. He pulled a Brees and caved like the Cowboys defense against the Oklahoma Sooners.
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