Tahlequah Daily Press

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August 8, 2013

Lawsuit against Gundy over Sooners shirt dismissed

STILLWATER — A judge has dismissed most of a lawsuit filed by a contractor who said he was fired by Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy after showing up to work at the coach's house wearing an Oklahoma Sooners T-shirt.

Brent Loveland sued Gundy in 2011 for breach of contract and emotional distress, saying Gundy became irate and fired him over the rival school's shirt.

Gundy denied the allegation and said Loveland was hired on a day-to-day basis and could be fired at any time.

Associate District Judge Louis Duel last week sided with Gundy and dismissed the lawsuit and ordered the two sides to mediation to determine what — if any — money is owed to Loveland for any work he performed at Gundy's home. Duel ordered the two to mediation to determine what, if any, amount of money Gundy owes Loveland for work he did perform.

Documents filed in the case show that Loveland is asking for more than $41,400 in damages.

Gundy's attorney, William Baker, declined to discuss the case Wednesday.

"I think it's premature to make comments until this matter is completely settled," Baker said.

Loveland's attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

The lawsuit alleged that Gundy cursed Loveland after seeing him wearing the shirt that bearing the words "Oklahoma Baseball."

Loveland said in his lawsuit that he had gotten dressed in the dark in order to not awaken his wife, and did not realize he was wearing an Oklahoma shirt when he went to Gundy's home.

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