No one can accuse Mike Gundy of not taking the Bedlam rivalry seriously.
A contractor is suing Gundy, Oklahoma State's head coach, and his wife Kristen, claiming the couple fired him for wearing an Oklahoma shirt to their house. Brent Loveland, a trim specialist who was hired to do work on the Gundy's new house in Stillwater, showed up to his first day of work in an Oklahoma baseball T-shirt.
The suit states that Mike Gundy and Loveland verbally agreed in February that Loveland would perform trim installation at an overall payment of $80,600. The alleged confrontation occurred on what would have been Loveland's first day on the job.
According to the suit, Gundy approached Loveland and said, "How dare you come into my house and offend my wife?" The suit states that when Loveland asked what Gundy was referring to, the coach replied by saying, "That (expletive deleted) shirt you have on."
Loveland claims that he dressed in the dark that morning and was unaware that his shirt had an OU logo on it.
Gundy was asked about the incident after practice and said he couldn't comment and that he would let his attorney handle it.
Loveland is seeking damages in excess of $10,000 and said in the suit that he lost as much as $30,000 in potential money by turning down other jobs to work on the Gundy's house.
If you're an Oklahoma State fan, or really a fan of any team, it's easy to applaud Gundy here. He's right. In what world would it be OK to wear an Oklahoma shirt at the Oklahoma State coach's house? Whether Loveland dressed in the dark, grabbed something out of the hamper, or that's the only shirt he owns, he should have known better than to wear that around a coach known to get fired up over pretty much anything.
Gundy's a man, he's 44 and he's not going to take any of guff from a Sooner.
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