Mike Gundy clarifies comments on drunk driving, triggering massive backlash

Mike Gundy clarifies comments on drunk driving, triggering massive backlash

Mike Gundy has clarified his comments about driving under the influence following the arrest of Ollie Gordon.

The Oklahoma State football star was recently arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and fans are wondering what his punishment will be.

The Cowboys head coach made waves at Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday when he declared that Gordon would not be suspended, and he took it to the next level by analyzing the science of driving under the influence.

Mike Gundy retracts his comments on drunk driving.

“So I looked on my phone and saw what the legal limit is. In Oklahoma, for example, it’s .08. And Ollie had .1. So I looked it up. And it was based on body weight. I don’t want to get into the legal side of it, but I really thought, two or three beers or four — I’m not justifying what Ollie did — I’ll tell you what decision I made. Well, I thought, ‘I’ve probably done that 1,000 times in my life.’ Which is fine. So, I got lucky, people get lucky,” Gundy told the media as he explained his reasons for not suspending Gordon.

You can view his comments and share your thoughts with me at [email protected].

Shortly after his comments went viral, Gundy tweeted a message clarifying that his comments were not about anything specific. He was talking generally about poor decisions.

“My actual statement at Big 12 Media Day was that we are all guilty of making bad decisions. It was not indicative of anything specific,” the popular Big 12 coach tweeted.

But his clarification did nothing to stop the backlash he sparked online. Some people are not happy with his comments.

To be fair to Gundy — who is known for speaking his mind — it’s not really clear whether he was referring in his original comments to simply drinking four beers in one night or drinking four beers and then driving. That being said, does anyone complaining on social media really think Mike Gundy is advocating drunk driving?

Does anyone think a college football coach thinks drunk driving is acceptable? Of course not. He was simply explaining his reasoning – right or wrong – as to why Ollie Gordon was not suspended.

Could he have made his message and words a little clearer? Without a doubt, but people write to me saying he should be suspended. That’s just too much.

Take a deep breath, understand that Mike Gundy is who he is. He absolutely does not endorse drunk driving. He clarified his comments, and then we’ll move on.