How ESPN reportedly handled the Kirk Herbstreit, Dan Orlovsky situation
ESPN has reportedly addressed Kirk Herbstreit publicly calling out fellow ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky.
It all started when Orlovsky was recently on The PatMcAfee Show. On the topic of Justin Fields’ draft stock, Orlovsky relayed some negative chatter surrounding the former Ohio State quarterback:
“One, I have heard that he is a last-guy-in, first-guy-out type of quarterback. Like, not the maniacal work ethic. I’ve even heard it compared to Justin Herbert, where it was like, dude, when Justin Herbert showed up, he was like a psychopath when it came to working and get ready for the draft. Or even at school, like, “Give me more, I want to work non-stop.” And I’ve heard that there are issues with Justin Fields’ work ethic.
“The second thing is … Where is his desire to go be a great quarterback? I think that there’s a desire to be a big-time athlete, from what is expressed to me, but where is his desire to be a great quarterback? And to be great, you gotta be willing to find the things that you are not good at and just freaking grind on them.”
The comments quickly made the rounds on social media and elsewhere. Orlovsky took to Twitter to address the controversy and share that he also heard positive stories about Fields in his follow-up reporting. Herbstreit, however, wasn’t having it, calling Orlovsky’s reporting “reckless and absurd.”
Even if YOU aren’t saying it…
to pass that along from “people in the know” is reckless and absurd!! Embarrassing!! https://t.co/r0RFSr1B6y
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) April 1, 2021
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports, per a source, that ESPN “has spoken to” both analysts:
Neither announcer will be suspended, according to a source. But management has addressed the issue with both men. ESPN declined to comment.
Herbstreit will reportedly headline ABC’s 2021 NFL Draft coverage, which begins April 29.