Chuba Hubbard, the nation’s leading rusher last season, will resume football activities after tweeting Monday that he “will not be doing anything with Oklahoma State until things CHANGE” in response to a photo of coach Mike Gundy wearing an OAN T-shirt.
“I will not stand for this,” Hubbard posted on the day Cowboys players were scheduled to begin voluntary workouts on campus. “This is completely insensitive to everything going on in society, and it’s unacceptable.”
Hubbard received support from multiple teammates and former players, but after the university president and athletic director both issued statements expressing concern, the running back posted a video of himself and Gundy in which the two shook hands.
“In light of today’s tweet with the T-shirt that I was wearing, I met with some players and realize it’s a very sensitive issue with what’s going on in today’s society,” Gundy said in the video. “And so, we had a great meeting. [I was] made aware of some things that players feel like can make our organization, 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 then said he had gone “about it the wrong way by tweeting” and added that “from now on we’re gonna focus on bringing change, and that’s the most important thing.”
OAN stands for One America News, a far-right news network that has been known to promote conspiracy theories and is often cited by President Donald Trump. The network, which has a fraction of the audience of Fox News, has tried to position itself as a place for a pro-Trump audience that believes other conservative news outlets have become too mainstream in their reporting.
Some on-air network commentators have been critical of the Black Lives Matter movement, which Hubbard has repeatedly shared his support of on social media.