ESPN's Maria Taylor calls Kirk Herbstreit 'genuine' in reaction to his emotional segment
In one of the most talked about segments recently around college football, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit broke down during Saturday’s broadcast of ESPN’s College GameDay as he discussed social injustice and racial inequality.
“How do you listen to these stories and not feel pain and not want to help?” Herbstreit said. “Wearing a hoodie. Putting your hands at 10 and 2. ‘Oh god, I’d better watch out because I’m wearing Nike gear.’ Like, what? What are we talking about? You can’t relate to that if you’re white, but you can listen and you can try to help. Because this is not OK. It’s just not. We’ve got to do better, man. We’ve got to lock arm-in-arm and be together.”
ESPN’s Maria Taylor, on Good Morning America on Sunday, reacted to Herbstreit’s response as she was on the same panel discussion with Rece Davis, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Lee Corso. Taylor said she’s worked with Herbstreit for 3 years, and that he is genuine. Herbstreit responded to a roundtable discussion with 7 players from Power 5 conferences.
“It hurt him, and it was a genuine reaction and honestly, I got emotional, too,” Taylor said. “None of us want to do that on TV, so yeah, it was a hard thing to listen to.”
Taylor said she texted Herbstreit after the segment, and told him that she loves him and appreciates him, and he said the same thing and that he would always be there for Taylor.
“Honestly, these conversations have opened up a new way to talk with your co-workers,” she said. “People that you love, family members and I’m just thankful that I have him on my team and we get to work together every Saturday.”
.@ESPN football analyst @KirkHerbstreit was emotional during a discussion of racial injustice during Saturday’s ‘College Game Day’ show and his co-panelist @MariaTaylor joins @GMA to discuss. https://t.co/amcstFJNLH pic.twitter.com/KMCTiSAcAi
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