ESPN host and former Ohio State University Quarterback Kirk Herbstreit cried live on ESPN over Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests. The breakdown happened on ESPN’s “College GameDay” which focuses on College Football. It’s not quite clear what prompted the conversation about BLM, but since it’s ESPN, a reason isn’t really needed. BLM is a constant topic of discussion on the “woke” sports network.
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Herbstreit appeared to be empathizing with what the “black community is going through” when the waterworks commenced. To call the crying fit “cringe-worthy” was an understatement. It was embarrassing and actually pretty irresponsible. The guilt Herbstreit appeared to exude over BLM is the same type of guilt that may manifest itself as extreme behavior at protests that become something else.
The crying episode happened with a panel of six people including Herbstreit. A young black woman on the panel cried when Herbstreit began to cry. It was totally uncomfortable to watch. It was also inappropriate and misplaced. The emotion on display was the equivalent to someone’s dog being shot or a person’s loved one becoming seriously injured. But no bridge is too far for ESPN to cross.
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