Oklahoma State Football Coach Who Wore an OAN Shirt Takes $1M Pay Cut After Backlash
Oklahoma State Football Coach Mike Gundy has agreed to a $1M pay cut and a one-year reduction to his contract, presumably because of the backlash to his One America News Network (OAN) t-shirt that he was spotted in last month.
Oklahoma State Athletic Director Mike Holder said:
“The changes were offered up by Mike Gundy, and I commend him for that. It was his idea to take a million-dollar pay cut. I think it really demonstrates his commitment to being a better coach. He wanted to make a statement that assured all the players that this wasn’t just about talk, this is more about action, and that’s the first step.
“I want to emphasize, every one of those was offered up by Mike Gundy.”
According to Breitbart, ESPN reported that “[I]n addition to the pay cut, Holder said the contract length was shortened from five to four years, his buyout was cut from $5 million to $4 million, and his guarantee dropped from 75% to 50%.”
This came after Gundy was forced to apologize for any “pain and discomfort” he caused for his wearing of a t-shirt with the wrong political opinion.
However, the university conducted a review and found no instances of racism in Gundy’s program.
Holder said that the reasons for Gundy’s contract reduction and pay cut were not because of the shirt:
“This wasn’t about a T-shirt. This was about a lot of things. The missing link has been a more personal relationship with their head coach. They respect him as an excellent game-day coach, but they want more coaching on a personal level. This crosses all racial lines. To a man, our players want a better connection to Mike Gundy. They view him as a difference-maker, and they want him to help them grow as leaders.
“As uncomfortable as the last two weeks have been, I believe this experience has changed Mike Gundy and our players will be the beneficiaries.
“All the players should be commended for having the courage to speak out. We need more of that in society, not less. That doesn’t mean the players are in control.”
But what started all this was the team’s running back, Chuba Hubbard, publicly lambasting Gundy for wearing the shirt, forcing Gundy to apologize.
I’d be shocked though if anyone buys what Holder is selling.