Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard threatened to boycott the team Monday after a photo surfaced of head coach Mike Gundy wearing an One America News Network T-shirt, and numerous current and former Cowboys players backed Hubbard's stance on social media.
OAN is a conservative network frequently cited by President Donald Trump.
"I will not stand for this," Hubbard posted on Twitter. "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."
Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder said in a statement, "This afternoon has been very disturbing. The tweets from the current and former players are of grave concern."
University president Burns Hargis added on Twitter, "I hear and respect the concerns expressed by our Black student-athletes. This is a time for unity of our purpose to confront racial inequities and injustice. We will not tolerate insensitive behavior by anyone at Oklahoma State."
As a sophomore in 2019, Hubbard led the nation with 2,094 rushing yards and topped the Big 12 with 21 rushing touchdowns. He was the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American. Hubbard, who is Canadian, finished eighth in Heisman Trophy voting in 2019.
Baltimore Ravens running back Justice Hill, who played at Oklahoma State from 2016-18, voiced his support for Hubbard. "OSU Athletics and University need major change. 100% support brotha," Hill tweeted.
Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins chimed in Monday afternoon via Twitter.
"As an O-line we stand and support Chuba," Jenkins wrote.
Senior linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga and cornerback A.J. Green -- who is now with the NFL's Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent -- also supported Hubbard.
The photo of Gundy in question was dated June 10 after an apparent fishing trip on Lake Texoma, situated on the Red River between Oklahoma and Texas.
Gundy, 52, has been the head coach of the Cowboys since 2005. He has compiled a 129-64 record while leading Oklahoma State to 14 consecutive bowl games.