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Ollie Gordon Didn’t Want to ‘Duck and Run’ from DUI Arrest

Syndication: The Oklahoman

LAS VEGAS — Oklahoma State running back Ollie Gordon II spoke to the media for the first time since his June 30 arrest on suspicion of DUI.

It was in the backdrop of Big 12 Media Days, which is the kickoff to the football season. Gordon came to Allegiant Stadium knowing he would take questions about his arrest and answered them throughout the day.


He didn’t talk specifics about what’s next in terms of his arrest, but he told reporters that he wanted to be in Las Vegas to address what happened and not leave his teammates or his coach to answer those questions.

“I wanted to be here to be able to face everything instead of, you know, ducking and running,” Gordon said. “I feel like it would have been disrespectful to leave my teammates and my coach up there to answer all those questions.”

Before Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy spoke to the full media, he told ESPN’s Pete Thamel that Gordon “is going to play” and that OSU would discuss internal punishment for him. Gundy also said that Gordon was at Big 12 Media Days to “be accountable” for his arrest.

He reiterated that when he took questions from the entire media contingent at Allegiant Stadium.


“Quite honestly we had another hour-long conversation yesterday,” Gundy said. “It was the first time I’d seen him smile. I think this affected him like it would most people. We brought him today so you could ask him that question. That’s one of th reasons I wanted to bring him here. It’s hard for me to speak for him.”

Gordon said Gundy was one of the first people he called in the immediate aftermath of his arrest and he admitted that the incident had weighed on him the past two weeks.

Gordon spoke to before he spoke to the rest of the media during breakout sessions.

On Monday Gordon released a statement via social media before the Cowboys headed to Las Vegas for Tuesday’s sessions with the media. Earlier in the day it was reported that Gordon would attend even after the arrest.


“I am deeply sorry for the actions that led to my arrest on June 30th. I sincerely apologize to my family, everyone in our program, including our players, Coach Gundy, the staff, Oklahoma State University, and our fans,” Gordon said in the statement. “Regardless of the outcome of this pending investigation, I did not uphold the values I have for myself and the values of the OSU football program. I am committed to learning and growing from this mistake and I will work to earn back the trust of those who I have disappointed. Thank you.”

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said to media inquiries that Gordon was pulled over on Interstate 35 south of Oklahoma City after a trooper says Gordon was going 82 in a 65 and swerving through traffic. A probable cause affidavit said the trooper who pulled Gordon over spotted a half-full bottle of vodka and a half-full bottle of tequila.

OHP said Gordon had a blood alcohol content of .11 and .10 when he was tested at jail. The legal limit in the state of Oklahoma is .08.

The Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year was named a unanimous All-American in 2023, along with the Doak Walker Award winner and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. He rushed for 1,732 yards and 21 touchdowns. He had more than 250 scrimmage yards against Kansas, West Virginia and Cincinnati, the only FBS player in the past 10 years to do so in three straight games.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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