Eric Striker, Hatari Byrd apologize

OU players Eric Striker and Hatari Byrd both apologized in separate statements Monday evening about their actions following OU's win at Tennessee.

Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker and safety Hatari Byrd both issued apologies Monday evening for their actions following the Sooners’ 31-24 win at Tennessee on Saturday night.

Byrd, a junior, was caught performing an obscene gesture on video. Striker, a team captain, said multiple obscenities following OU’s emotional victory.

One camera had Byrd flashing his middle finger at the crowd, while Striker was taunting the crowd, telling Vol fans to send their recruits to Oklahoma, among other things.

“I apologize to my family, the fans, coaches and my teammates for what happened after the game,” Byrd said. “I reacted without thinking. That’s not me.”

Stoops said Monday afternoon their actions were inappropriate and that they would be handled internally.

Striker, of course, was at the center of the buildup to OU-Tennessee all week because of his comments regarding the SEC.

Following the victory, Striker said Tennessee coach Butch Jones had words for him, telling him “you’re a hell of a player but have some damn class.”

Despite his outspoken personality, Striker is not on any form of social media. Instead, OU’s official Twitter account posted his apology.

“As a 21 year old young man, I take full responsibility for my actions and understand I have to pay consequences for my negative actions,” said Striker in the statement. “In no way were my actions after Saturday’s game a reflection of the way my parents raised me or the guidance I’ve been given as an Oklahoma football player.

“I want to apologize to the university and my family for my behavior last Saturday. Also to the fans that I may have hurt and disappointed.

“I’ve been too much of a good kid and a leader to my peers to behave in a negative manner. I hope the people I’ve hurt can find it in their heart to forgive me.”


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