Canadian college football star Chuba Hubbard says he will “not be doing anything” with Oklahoma State University after a picture surfaced on social media of head coach Mike Gundy wearing a One America News T-shirt while on a fishing trip.
Hubbard, from Sherwood Park, Alta., was the NCAA’s rushing leader last season with 2,094 yards. He has two years of eligibility remaining at Oklahoma State and stated his intention to return to the Cowboys earlier this year, passing on the 2020 NFL Draft.
His relationship with the school appears to now be strained, according to Hubbard’s Twitter post Monday.
“I will not stand for this,” the 21-year-old wrote.
“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.”
Teammate linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga, a fellow Albertan from Calgary, shared the same sentiment in a retweet that said, “I stand with him!”
One America News (OAN) is a far-right news network that is often praised on social media by United States President Donald Trump.
Hubbard, who is Black, has been a vocal supporter of protests against racial inequality and police brutality that have been constant in the United States and elsewhere since the death of George Floyd last month in Minneapolis.
Hubbard received support from other football players after tweeting his displeasure on Monday afternoon — including former Cowboys running back Justice Hill, now with the Baltimore Ravens, who tweeted: “OSU Athletics and University need major change. 100% support brotha.”
An Oklahoma State athletic department spokesman said, “We don’t have a comment at this time.”
In April, Gundy said in a conference call with reporters that the media has been too negative in its coverage of what he called the “Chinese virus.” He apologized a few days later.
“I have been made aware that comments from my press conference have offended some,” Gundy said in a statement. “It was never my intention to offend anyone and I apologize. My first priority is and will always be the student-athletes and doing what is best for the program and the university.”
In that same April interview, Gundy had pushed for a hasty re-opening of facilities, but Oklahoma State disagreed with his timetable. The school recently re-opened its facilities, only to have several players test positive for coronavirus. Ogbongbemiga said on Twitter that he tested positive after he attended a protest in Tulsa.
Gundy mentioned the Floyd situation in a statement on Twitter: “I’m thankful to be in an environment with Oklahoma State football and our Cowboy Culture where we respect each other. The 200 people in our family understand and appreciate diversity and have compassion for one another. I hope we replace the rage with respect and all come together.”
Hubbard was a first-team All-American and the AP Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year last season and finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting. His season total of 2,094 rushing yards was the second-best single-season total in school history, trailing only Barry Sanders’ 1988 Heisman season.
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