On Sunday night, Oklahoma Sooners wide receivers coach Cale Gundy announced his resignation from the team, saying he did not want to be a distraction after he read a “shameful and hurtful” word aloud off a player’s iPad during a film session last week.
During his resignation statement, Gundy said that uttered the word unintentionally and “did not even realize” what he was reading until after he said the word.
Sooner Nation, thank you. pic.twitter.com/BYBOjObGna
— Cale Gundy (@OU_CoachGundy) August 8, 2022
“In the moment, I did not even realize what I was reading and, as soon as I did, I was horrified,” Gundy said in his statement. “I want to be very clear: the words I read aloud from that screen were not my words. What I said was not malicious; it wasn’t even intentional.”
However, a statement from Sooners head coach Brent Venables on Monday painted a much different picture of the situation with Venables indicating that Gundy used the word “not once, but multiple times” and that he “knows what he did was wrong.”
Monday statement from head football coach Brent Venables: pic.twitter.com/grSwj3YlPC
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 8, 2022
“Coach Gundy resigned from the program because he knows what he did was wrong,” Venables said. “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 attitudes and values of our university or our football program.”
Gundy’s departure comes just weeks before the start of the college football season as the Sooners will begin their 2022 campaign against the UTEP Miners on Sept. 3.