Hearing Rescheduled in Lawsuit Against OSU Football Coach
A hearing in a lawsuit against OSU Cowboys head football coach Mike Gundy has been reset for late July. The lawsuit was filed by a Choctaw man who claims Gundy fired him from a job for showing up to work wearing an OU Sooners shirt.
Choctaw contractor Brent Loveland alleges that Gundy fired him when he came to Gundy’s Stillwater home for the first day of a trim installation job. Loveland claims Gundy took one look at his shirt and shouted, “How dare you come into my house and offend my wife” with “that [expletive deleted] shirt.” Loveland said Gundy fired him on the spot.
The incident took place in March 2011. The lawsuit was filed in Payne County in August 2011. It seeks more than $10,000 in damages, alleging breach of contract, detrimental reliance and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Loveland says in the suit that he expected to earn up to $80,600 on the project, which was expected to last 13 weeks, and that he lost up to $30,000 in potential income because he turned down other jobs in order to do Gundy’s project.
At the July hearing, a judge could rule on Gundy’s motion for summary judgment, which would prevent the case from going to trial. The judge could also rule on Loveland’s motion for change of venue. Gundy, who was born in Midwest City, played quarterback at OSU in the 1980s, becoming the school’s and the conference’s all-time leading passer. He joined OSU’s coaching staff immediately after graduation. For some reason, Loveland doesn’t believe he can get a fair hearing against OSU’s head football coach in a Stillwater courtroom.
By the way, Loveland claims the shirt he was wearing that day was not a University of Oklahoma shirt. He said the gray shirt simply said “Oklahoma baseball” on it. The words “Oklahoma baseball” were in red lettering.
Loveland is represented by Edmond attorney Edward L. White, and Gundy is represented by Stillwater attorney William Baker. Both attorneys received their undergraduate degrees at OSU. White earned his law degree at Oklahoma City University, but Baker, Gundy’s attorney, is an OU law school grad.