Jun 15, 2020
Oklahoma State's star running back Chuba Hubbard calls out coach for wearing T-shirt of right-wing news channel
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(CNN)Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State's star running back, called out the team's head coach on Monday for wearing a T-shirt branded with the logo of right-wing news outlet One America News network (OAN)."I will not stand for this," Hubbard tweeted on Monday, linking to a photo of Coach Mike Gundy wearing a OAN 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."OAN has been regularly promoted by President Donald Trump on his Twitter feed because of how the channel frames him in a flattering light. The network offers viewers right-wing conspiracy theories and pro-Trump commentary mixed in with wire video news packages that are sometimes skewed to fit its editorial viewpoint.
I will not stand for this.. 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. https://t.co/psxPn4Khoq— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) June 15, 2020 Jack Posobiec, a right-wing conspiracy theorist and strong Trump supporter, works as a correspondent for OAN and is widely known for having live-streamed an investigation of Comet Ping Pong, the pizzeria at the center of the debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory.Meet OAN, the little-watched right-wing news channel that Trump keeps promotingGundy has praised OAN in the past. During a news conference in April in which he talked about the team's options for returning amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gundy called OAN's coverage "refreshing." Read More"They just report the news. There's no commentary. There's no opinions. There's no left. There's no right," Gundy said, according to Yahoo News. After posting his tweet, Hubbard received support from teammate and team captain Amen Ogbongbemiga as well as current Baltimore Ravens running back Justice Hill. "OSU Athletics and University need major change. 100% support brotha," tweeted Hill, who played at OSU from 2016-2018 under Gundy. Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis quickly addressed the situation Monday evening, tweeting, "I hear and respect the concerns expressed by our Black student-athletes. This is a time for unity of purpose to confront racial inequities and injustice. We will not tolerate insensitive behavior by anyone at Oklahoma State."Oklahoma State Athletic Director Mike Holder also responded in a statement Monday, saying, "This afternoon has been very disturbing. The tweets from the current and former players are of grave concern."If Hubbard keeps his word on not doing anything with OSU until things change, the school could be losing its key player who led the nation with 2,094 rushing yards last season. In 2019, Hubbard was named an unanimous All-American, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and one of three national finalists for the Doak Walker Award presented to the nation's top running back. He also finished 8th in voting for the Heisman Trophy.
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Barcelona ‘Putting Huge Pressure’ on Youngster to Leave: Report
Getty Sergino Dest lines up with Barcelona
Barcelona have been busy overhauling their first-team squad in the summer and there could still be more arrivals and departures before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.
One player whose future remains in some doubt is Sergino Dest. The USMNT star seems to be surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou and was left out of Xavi’s matchday squad entirely for Barcelona’s first game of the season against Rayo Vallecano.
Barcelona are now “putting huge pressure on Dest to leave,” according to reporter Achraf Ben Ayad. The Catalans don’t have too many other right-back options, particularly after waving goodbye to Dani Alves, but are keen to bring in another full-back.
Villarreal’s Juan Foyth appears to be at the top of Barcelona’s list, and his agent has met with sporting director Mateu Alemany. However, Barcelona have been told they must splash out €42 million to land the 24-year-old.
Follow the Heavy on Barcelona Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!Villarreal Boss Talks Juan Foyth Rumors
The Villarreal boss Unai Emery has responded to rumors about a possible Barcelona move for Foyth at a press conference and said the defender is happy at the club but admitted “unwanted exits” are possible.
“When rumors come out, we try to find out how the player is. Foyth is very happy with us and very grateful to the club. Very grateful for everything that he is living here. He gives me a lot of peace of mind,” he said. “What can affect us is that there may be unwanted exit movements. What harms the most is something unforeseen, such as a significant clause payment or the player considers an offer very attractive.”
Barcelona are unlikely to be able to match Villarreal’s asking price for Foyth due to the club’s ongoing financial issues. However, the Catalans could try to use Alejandro Balde in any potential deal in a big to drive the price down, according to reporter Miguel Rico.Dest Sends Motivational Message
All eyes will be on Xavi’s squad list for Barcelona’s next match against Real Sociedad on Sunday, August 21 to see if Dest makes the cut. The Barcelona boss started center-back Ronald Araujo against Rayo and brought on Sergi Roberto in the second half.
Dest has sent a motivational message on social media ahead of the match and seems to be determined to work hard in a bid to try and force his way back into the reckoning at the Camp Nou.
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The USMNT defender does appear to have drawn interest ahead of the final weeks of the transfer window. Premier League side Manchester United are in negotiations regarding a possible move to Old Trafford, as reported by Diario Sport.
Barcelona want around €20 million for the 21-year-old, a fee that would be reinvested back into the squad and allow the Catalan giants to bring in a new left-back and right back.
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