There’s a bit more to the story of Cale Gundy stepping down as assistant football coach at Oklahoma.
Gundy, 50, quit the Sooners on Sunday after he said he mistakenly used “a word that I should never have – under any circumstances – uttered” on a gamer-owned iPad during a movie screening. crew. Oklahoma freshman coach Brent Venables took things one step further in a press release on Monday.
“He chose to read aloud to his players, not once but many times, a racist word that is offensive to everyone and does not reflect the attitude and values of our university or our football program. “, said Venable. “This is unacceptable. Period. Coach Gundy did well to step down. He knows our goals of excellence and knows that coaches have a special responsibility to lead by example.
Gundy, who spent 23 years as an assistant at Oklahoma and is the brother of Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, has received support from current and former Sooners on social media, including the stars of the NFL Joe Mixon and Adrian Peterson.
The coach said in a statement that he “did not realize” what he was reading after taking the tablet from a player in the encounter who he believed was distracted. He made a point of saying that the words on the screen “were not my words”. The offensive word he used remains unclear.
“What I said was not malicious; it wasn’t even intentional,” Gundy wrote. “Still, I’m mature enough to know that the word I said was shameful and hurtful, regardless of my intentions.”
Venable called Gundy “painful” but necessary because of the hurt “felt by a room full of young men whom I am charged to protect, to lead and to love”.
“He also knows that while he will always be part of the OU family, his words affected many of us and did not represent the principles of our university,” Venables said. “Again, his resignation was the right thing to do, and we will move forward positively.”
New York Post