OSU player doubts SI article on rampant drug use
STILLWATER, Okla. — Another former Oklahoma State football player is denying a Sports Illustrated story about illegal activity on campus.
This time, the accusation deals with alleged drug use by players, as well as staff members overlooking positive drug tests over the past decade.
Former OSU wide receiver Bo Bowling was suspended by head coach Mike Gundy in 2009 after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana.
However, he says contrary to the S.I. article, he never saw teammates selling, buying or using drugs.
Bowling says Gundy wouldn’t tolerate drug use.
“I put him in a bad position,” Bowling said about Gundy Thursday afternoon. ”He had to let me go and I understand that. I could’ve easily transferred out, blamed Oklahoma State for the things that went wrong, but I didn’t. You know, it was on me.”
OSU’s Director of Counseling Services says their drug and alcohol counselors do not give football players special treatment.
Sports Illustrated quoted former players as saying the team had a lenient four-strike drug policy that was rarely enforced.