We’re all very well aware that Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is an emotional leader who is passionate about his team, and he will go to great lengths to defend his school and his players. This latest news courtesy of the Tulsa World, however, takes this reputation to an entirely different level.
Brent Loveland, a trim specialist who was working on the Gundy’s new home, is claiming that he was fired by Mike and his wife Kristen for wearing an Oklahoma baseball shirt while on the job. Yes, really.
On Thursday, Brent filed a suit with Payne County, seeking damages “in excess of $10,000.” He also claims that he missed out on “more than $30,000” in potential income while turning down other possible construction jobs to work on the Gundy’s house instead.
This via the Tulsa World.
The suit states that Mike Gundy and Loveland verbally agreed in February that Loveland would perform trim installation at an overall payment of $80,600. The alleged confrontation occurred on what would have been Loveland’s first day on the job.
According to the suit, Gundy approached Loveland and said, “How dare you come into my house and offend my wife?” The states that when Loveland asked what Gundy was referring to, the coached replied by saying, “That (expletive deleted) shirt you have on.”
Loveland claims that he dressed in the dark that morning and was unaware that his shirt had an OU logo on it.
Gundy has already refused to comment on the situation beyond releasing a brief statement, but it should be interesting to see where this one goes. One thing can be certain, there are at least a few thousand Oklahoma State fans already applauding Gundy for something he may or may not have done.