OU’s Cale Gundy said “racially charged” word multiple times, Venables says in new statement

OU head football coach Brent Venables issued a second statement on the resignation of assistant football coach and former Sooner quarterback Cale Gundy.

Vanables issued a statement Monday

“As painful as it has been dealing with Coach Gundy resigning from the program, it doesn’t touch the experience of pain felt by a room full of young men I am charged to protect, lead and love. There are a few things I would like to address. Coach Gundy resigned from the program because he knows what he did was wrong. He chose to read aloud to his players, not once but multiple times, a racially charged word that is objectionable to everyone, and does not reflect the attitude and values of our university or our football program. This is not acceptable. Period. Coach Gundy did the right thing in resigning. He knows our goals for excellence and that coaches have special responsibilities to set an example. He also knows that, while he will always be a part of the OU family, that his words affected many of us and did not represent the principles of our university. Again, his resignation was the right thing to do, and we will move forward positively.”

Gundy said in a statement he put on social media late Sunday night that he picked up a player’s iPad and read the words on the screen. “In the moment, I did not even realize what I was reading and, as soon as I did, I was horrified,” Gundy said in the statement.

You can read his full statement here.

Venables said L’Damian Washington, who has been serving as an offensive analyst for the program, will coach on an interim basis.





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