Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger
With the end of summer comes the beginning of the fall ritual that is college football. You know, where men of strength and character mold the minds and bodies of our youth into men of strength and character. There are plenty of good examples and one particularly curious one. Oklahoma State FB coach Mike Gundy is a world-wide phenom for his 2007 YouTube meltdown in which he attempted to deflect criticism from a OSU football player with his famous, “I’m a Man. I’m 40!” tirade against the local newspaper reporter, Jenni Carlson, for printing, well, the truth. You can re-live that moment here.
Seems Coach Gundy has allegedly fallen off the anger management wagon once again. According to a suit filed in Payne County (OK) District Court, “Coach Calm” was none too happy with the wardrobe choices by Choctaw carpenter, Brent Loveland. Loveland had the audacity to sport a gray tee-shirt bearing the name of OSU’s hated rival the University of Oklahoma.
Loveland had done some commendable trim carpentry for Gundy’s parents and they recommended the self-employed father to their son, the football coach. Gundy retained the carpenter to work on his new 11,000 square foot home, and Loveland ordered materials and supplies to start the job. He expected to work about 13 weeks and refused other jobs with potentially more profit to accommodate the local celebrity in Stillwater.
Problems began as the coach and his spouse wanted the carpenter on the job early. Arising at 4 a.m., Loveland, in deference to his sleeping wife, didn’t turn the light on and grabbed the first thing he felt in the chest of drawers — an Oklahoma baseball tee-shirt. Oklahoma, the dreaded rival of Oklahoma State, was institutiona non grata in the Grundy home, but that was unknown to the carpenter. A lack of wardrobe knowledge is a dangerous thing in Stillwater, as is, apparently, caring too much for your wife.
After arriving at the Gundy residence to find the door locked, Loveland found the coach’s dad who let his crew into the new construction. Arriving around 9:30 a.m., our favorite pig-skin professor took instant offense — and not the football kind. “How dare you come into my house and offend my wife”” ranted the coach (My wife? Allegedly, of course). “How?” replied the startled carpenter. Why that “f**king shirt you have on,” came the measured reply. What followed — allegedly– was a verbal tirade against the tradesman that would “make a sailor blush,” while the poor worker begged forgiveness and the right to turn his shirt inside out. Ordered to “pack his sh*t” –allegedly — and get off the job, the wardrobe malfunctioned woodworker now claims about $30,000.00 in lost profits from the coach who earns about 15.7 million dollars for seven years of teaching guys how to throw an elliptical spheroid at one another.
Says the carpenter’s lawyer, Ed White, Esq., “I’m an OSU guy, so this is not a vendetta. This is simply a gentleman who’s a small business owner, he depends on his work for his livelihood and he didn’t get paid for a job where we think he was unreasonably terminated.” Said OSU lawyer, Willie Baker, Esq. “On behalf of Coach Gundy, while I cannot discuss the specifics of pending litigation, I deny the allegations being made and welcome the opportunity to fully resolve the matter.”
Says me: “Hey Willie, me too. ” I’d get the checkbook out to pay for this coach — allegedly — and a bar of soap. With this guy it’s always an impassioned defense of “my athlete,” “my wife,” my, my, my,… my, oh, my.
You can see the suit here.
~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger