T.J. Moe, a contributor on Jason Whitlock’s Fearless, recently called Oklahoma Sooners coach Brent Venables a fraud for his response to the resignation of coach Cale Gundy.
Gundy resigned earlier this month explaining that he read aloud “one particular word that I should never —under any circumstance—have uttered was displayed on that screen. In the moment, I did not even realize what I was reading and, as soon as I did, I was horrified.”
Venables accepted Gundy’s resignation issuing his own statement via Twitter, “It’s with sadness that I accept Coach Gundy’s resignation. He’s dedicated more than half of his life to Oklahoma Football and has served our program and university well. We’re thankful for that commitment. We also acknowledge that in stepping aside he’s place the program and welfare of our student-athletes first. In coaching and in life, we’re all accountable for our actions and the resulting outcomes.”
“The culture we’re building in our program is based on mutual respect,” Venables stated. “Our staff is here to develop successful student-athletes, but also young men of character. As the leaders of this program, it’s essential that we hold ourselves to the highest standards as we model for our players the type of men we want them to become.”
He then announced, “L’Damian Washington, who has been serving as an offensive analyst for our program, will coach our wide receivers on an interim basis.”
Venables would then issue another statement, “As painful as it has been dealing with Coach Gundy resigning from the program, it doesn’t touch the experience of pain felt by a room full of young men I am charged to protect, lead and love. There are a few things I would like to address.”
“Coach Gundy resigned from the program because he knows what he did was wrong,” Venables stated. “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 attitude and values of our university or football program. This is not acceptable. Period.”
He continued, “Coach Gundy did the right in resigning. He knows our goals for excellence and that coaches have special responsibilities to set an example. He knows that, while he will always be a part of the OU family, that his words affected many of us and did not represent the principles of our university.”
“Again, his resignation was the right thing to do, and we will move forward positively,” Venables concluded.
Moe reacted to Venables’ statement telling Jason Whitlock, “What has happened here is the woke culture has made anyone with something to lose into a fraud. This part of the statement is driving me insane. He said, ‘As painful as it has been dealing with Coach Gundy resigning from the program, it doesn’t touch the experience of pain felt by a room full of young men I am charged to protect, lead and love.’ Those words actually came out of his mouth.”
“He’s such a fraud. I don’t know how the guys can look at that and say coach, ‘How do you think I’m so weak? Why do you think I’m so fragile?’ Because remember it is the players who have come out and said he didn’t do anything to us. He should still be coaching us we like this guy.”
Moe then pointed to the double standard Oklahoma is exhibiting with the acceptance of Gundy’s resignation, “I want to point this out because I mean nobody’s handled anything well. But this is the same school that when Joe Mixon punched a white woman. It was another race thing. Black man versus a white woman, here. 2014. Punched her in the face and broke four bones.”
“Oklahoma let him keep his scholarship in 2014 and continue to take classes and then they let him back on the team, played for two years, and left for the draft,” he detailed.
He then asserted, “Brent Venables is telling us that words hurt more than actions. I’m telling you ask that young woman about the four bones in her face.”
“And so it’s like that was a race thing. We didn’t need to make it a race thing because it wasn’t about race, it was about a bad person or a person making a bad decision that should have consequences,” he said.
Returning to Gundy, he told Whitlock, “And yet, because this dude’s white and he read something that actually came from the handwriting of a black man then suddenly he is so toxic to have around that Coach Venables, I assume based on his statement here, encouraged him to leave the program because he felt his players were just in too much pain. ‘They’re too fragile, and I’m tasked with protecting these young black men that are — they’re just glass as soon as you drop them you drop them. They’re done.'”
Whitlock then shared his thoughts, “I don’t want to defend Venables, but I just want to enter into the the record the facts, here though, T.J. Brent Venables doesn’t believe what he wrote there either.”
“He’s saying what he thinks he has to say to survive and to recruit,” Whitlock asserts. “He’s [a] first year head coach replacing a guy that was very successful, producing all these Heisman Trophy quarterbacks, exciting offense, and so he’s in a tough spot, he needs to recruit, and he knows that the players are controlled by social media.”
“And he knows that if they don’t take this kind of action, if he doesn’t say these kind of things he leaves himself vulnerable to social media and that can take on a life of his own. And so the players that are right now going, ‘Hey, he shouldn’t be fired’ if social media starts coming out with memes and starts going after him, those some players can then pivot and say, ‘You know what, he should be fired.'”
“And then the other thing I can hear people saying right now is like, ‘Hey, Joe Mixon was an 18-year-old, 19 year-old kid. This is a 50-year-old man. He should have known better.’ Again, what I say to those people is after about age 12 if a boy doesn’t know, hey you can’t punch a girl and particularly not in a restaurant over nothing, over nothing.”
Whitlock then went into the idea that some of the backgrounds the players come from it is possible that women can beat you up or shoot you, but he noted that that isn’t happening on college campuses and boys should know better by 10, 11, and 12 years-old that they shouldn’t hit women.
Whitlock then concluded by reiterating, “Venables is reacting to the culture that he’s been placed in. He wants that money. He wants that fame. He wants that success. He wants to survive.”