- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Oklahoma State star running back Chuba Hubbard said Tuesday he regrets calling out his head coach over Twitter, but is standing by his message that it was “completely insensitive” for coach Mike Gundy to wear a T-shirt bearing the logo of One America News Network.

After Hubbard threatened to boycott the football program in his initial post, Hubbard and Gundy quickly appeared in a video together in which the Oklahoma State coach vowed to be “making some changes.” But Gundy did not apologize, while Hubbard did — saying it was “my bad” for going about it “the wrong way.” 

On Tuesday, Hubbard posted a lengthy statement that thanked people for their support. The 21-year-old vowed to work “EVERYDAY” to bring change. 

“I will start by saying this; I was never wrong for saying what I said,” Hubbard said. “I am a man, and I realized I should have went to him as a man face to face rather than on twitter. That’s my opinion. But I had to hold him accountable either way. I am glad things happened the way they did because things are being changed as we speak! If anyone truly knows me, they know I am a very passionate person. I care about my family, friends, teammates, and people I don’t even know. I spoke out because I am emotionally drained and I’m tired of seeing stuff happening without results or consequences. I realize I have a platform to generate change and I am trying my best to use it accordingly.

“I am a young black man that wants change. I want change that will bring a better experience for my black brothers and sisters at Oklahoma State. It’s that simple.”

Hubbard led the nation in rushing last year, running for 2,094 yards. He finished eighth in Heisman voting.

This isn’t the first time this year that Gundy has caught flak for his actions. In April, he apologized for referring to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus.” 

Gundy has also praised OAN in the past, calling the network “refreshing” for its coverage. Critics classify OAN as a far-right, pro-President Trump network that spreads unfounded conspiracy theories.

An image of Gundy wearing an OAN T-shirt was posted to Facebook last week. 

In Monday’s video, Gundy did not specify what changes would be coming to his program. 

On Twitter, Hubbard said he’ll work to make sure those changes are implemented.

“To everyone else, trust me when I say that good will come from this,” Hubbard said. 

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