Coach Mike Gundy Wants Football to Return, Says Players Can Fight Off Virus
While it’s not the most important thing to worry about right now, many fans are eager for sporting events to return to. The people behind the sporting events want them back too, they generate tremendous revenue for owners of the teams as well as colleges and universities.
Overall, though, most in charge have understood that the dangers of holding games right now outweighs the benefit. Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy is not one of those people. On Wednesday, the head coach stated that football can come back because the players are young enough to fight off the virus.
Gundy began by referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese Virus.” This term has been favored by both Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The coach continued, “The NCAA, the presidents of the universities, the Power 5 conference commissioners, the athletic directors need to be meeting right now and we need to start coming up with answers.”
Showing a lack of understanding in how the virus had effected people, Gundy then said:
“In my opinion, if we have to bring our players back, test them. They’re all in good shape. They’re all 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22-year-olds. They’re healthy. A lot of them can fight it off with their natural body, the antibodies and the build that they have. There’s some people that are asymptomatic. If that’s true, then we sequester them. And people say that’s crazy. No, it’s not crazy because we need to continue and budget and run money through the state of Oklahoma.”
The coach’s comments drew fierce criticism. Former NFL player Torrey Smith tweeted, “Parents be aware of who is coaching your child. Mike Gundy is just one of hundreds of coaches who really don’t care about your child. It’s all conditional love. He showed his true colors.”
Parents be aware of who is coaching your child. Mike Gundy is just one of hundreds of coaches who really don’t care about your child. It’s all conditional love. He showed his true colors. pic.twitter.com/DbPAB7ieH5
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) April 8, 2020