Mike Gundy: Oklahoma State star RB Ollie Gordon II won’t be suspended after DUI arrest

LAS VEGAS — Oklahoma State star quarterback Ollie Gordon II will not miss any games after his recent arrest on drunken driving charges. Instead, he will be disciplined internally, coach Mike Gundy said Tuesday during Big 12 media days. Gundy also said OSU invited Gordon to the media days to “face the music.”

Gordon was stopped by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) officer last week for driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone and veering off the road, according to a probable cause affidavit. During the stop, the officer found open bottles of vodka and tequila in Gordon’s car, and Gordon said he had “one drink,” according to the affidavit.

Gordon was then taken to the Cleveland County Jail in Oklahoma, where he provided breath samples that showed a breath alcohol content (BrAC) of .11 and .10. Gordon was arrested on charges of driving under the influence while under the age of 21, possession of an open container of alcohol, failure to maintain a single lane and speeding. He was released on bail, according to the affidavit.


Ollie Gordon II, top FBS player, arrested on drunk driving charges

“He’s very lucky no one was hurt,” Gundy said. Athletic“That’s much more important than any embarrassment to him and his family. I’m not going to shield him and not make him suffer the consequences of his actions. I’ve talked to him many times and we’ll continue to talk over the next month. He needs to understand the gravity of this situation. It’s going to cost him a lot of money in attorney fees and so on, but it could have cost him his life or someone else’s life.”

Gundy said the decision not to suspend Gordon, who led the FBS in rushing yards (1,732) last season, is a business decision because college football is now run like a business. He did not disclose internal discipline.

“He’s going to play,” Gundy said. “I could have him carry the ball 50 times in the first game, but he’s going to play. We have 68 employees in our building and 139 other players. My job in the business world that we’re in now is to make decisions for everybody. He’s going to go through so much that it’s really going to be some kind of punishment — fair or unfair, I don’t know.

“This is a decision I made because I don’t want him to hide away and not talk to the media. And I don’t want to influence other players on our team based on the decision he made.”

Gordon is scheduled to meet with the media on Tuesday.

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