Choctaw man, claiming to have been fired for wearing OU T-shirt, sues OSU’s Gundy
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Friday, August 12, 2011
8/12/11 at 2:29 PM
STILLWATER – A Choctaw man has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy and his wife Kristen, alleging that he was fired from a construction job for having worn an Oklahoma Sooner baseball T-shirt.
In the suit, filed on Thursday in Payne County, Brent Loveland seeks damages in excess of $10,000. A trim specialist who was to have worked on the Gundys’ new house in Stillwater, Loveland claims to have “lost more than $30,000” in potential income because he turned down other jobs in consideration of his commitment to the Gundy project.
Following OSU’s Friday morning practice, Mike Gundy said, “If they are going to push the issue, (Gundy’s attorney Willie Baker) won’t let me make a comment on it.”
“It’s just a personal deal, you know,” Gundy added.
In a statement released by Baker, Gundy was quoted as saying, “While I cannot discuss the specifics of pending litigation, I deny the allegations being made and welcome the opportunity to fully resolve the matter.”
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 March 21, which 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 suit 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.
Coach Mike Gundy talks to his players during Oklahoma State University's Orange and White game at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater back in April. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World File