Oklahoma State star running back Chuba Hubbard said he will not participate in team activities until coach Mike Gundy recognises a photo published of him in a shirt supporting a controversial TV news network was insensitive and unacceptable.
A photo of Gundy, originally posted on Facebook, shows the coach on a fishing trip wearing a "One America News" (OAN) network t-shirt - OAN is considered a right-wing, pro-Donald Trump cable news network known for conspiracy theories.
One host on the TV channel recently described the Black Lives Matter movement as a "farce", and the timing of Gundy being photographed wearing a shirt that supports such a network infuriated Hubbard.
"I will not stand for this," Hubbard tweeted on Monday with the photo of Gundy in the shirt. "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."
A unanimous first-team All-American in 2019, Hubbard led the NCAA last season with 2,094 rushing yards and scored 21 rushing touchdowns en route to being named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
The junior finished eighth in Heisman Trophy voting and is one of the favourites to win the award in 2020.
Gundy is entering his 16th season at Oklahoma State, leading the Cowboys to a 129-64 record and the 2011 Big 12 championship since taking over the program in 2005.
The 52-year-old previously praised OAN, championing the network during a press conference in April.
"I was flipping through stations. I found one — I don't even know if anybody knows about this — it's called OAN," Gundy said. "It's One America News, and it was so refreshing. They just report the news."