Oklahoma State Star Chuba Hubbard Tweets Bold Rebuke of Mike Gundy's Controversial OAN Shirt

Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard criticized head coach Mike Gundy for wearing an OAN shirt.
Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard criticized head coach Mike Gundy for wearing an OAN shirt.

Oklahoma State star running back Chuba Hubbard offered some harsh words about his head coach's decision to wear an OAN shirt on Monday, calling it "insensitive" and vowing not to associate with the school until he sees change.

OAN (One America News), has been under fire recently for its close ties to President Trump, extremely far-right reporting, and promotion of outlandish conspiracy theories. Especially during what appears to be a watershed moment in the fight against racial inequality in America, their stance is uncalled for.

Head coach Mike Gundy was photographed wearing the shirt on a fishing trip, sparking criticism for his decision to support the network in such a sensitive time. CBS Sports writer Kyle Boone also pointed out that Gundy has praised highly-controversial OAN's reporting in the past, criticizing the "mainstream media."

Hubbard reacted quickly to the news, and could be on his way out of Stillwater if he holds true to this threat.

It is not an understatement to say that Hubbard is the program's most important player. The running back rushed for 2,094 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2019, leading the Cowboys to an 8-5 record. His departure would decimate the entire program, likely leading to a disappointing season.

If Gundy hopes to find success this season, he needs to make amends with his best player. Hubbard's anger is certainly understandable, and his coach will need to earn back trust. Apologizing for his choice and condemning injustice seems like a good start.

While it is unclear if Hubbard plans to transfer or sit out the season, this could be one of the most important storylines to follow as the college football season approaches, and one that could help shape the Big 12 standings.