Kirk Herbstreit explains why he broke down in tears on College GameDay
There has been a wave of reaction following Kirk Herbstreit’s comments on Saturday morning about racial injustice and social inequality on ESPN’s College GameDay.
Herbstreit, ahead of calling Monday’s BYU-Navy game on ESPN, shared on The Paul Finebaum Show how he felt about the reaction, and what he was thinking before, during and after the segment.
“I didn’t really expect that emotion to come out,” Herbstreit said. “I didn’t even really know what I was going to say. Whenever we get into subjects like that, that are incredibly sensitive and we have a feature, I always like to listen to the feature live and just react to what I heard. I listened Maria (Taylor), listened to the players, listened to (Desmond Howard), David (Pollack) and then Coach (Lee Corso). I had in my mind kind of where I wanted to go, but I didn’t know if I would really go all in with what I wanted to say.”
Herbstreit shared a quote from Stanford coach David Shaw, and that was about as scripted as he planned his response to be.
“I think I was about 20 seconds into my comment and I knew I wanted to read that quote, and once I read that quote, just there was a voice inside me that said just go ahead, ‘Say what you think, say what’s on your heart’ and it was not pre-meditated, it wasn’t scripted, it was just, I guess I’m going to do this kind of thing and I just spoke from my heart and said what I said.”
Herbstreit reiterated that it was genuine, and speaks to the kind of character he tries to portray in his life, and his experiences, including the locker room.
“As you said on the back end, I did not say what I said for any kind of an agenda,” he said. “I’m not into politics. I’m into, I’m a Christian, I’m into humanity, I’m into treating people fairly and that’s my only agenda that I really had and other than that, I love the game. I love the locker room, I love what the locker room represents, and I tried to convey that within my message. I’ve never said anything or done anything or been a part of anything that had that kind of reaction as far as people reaching out to me. Again, I didn’t do it for that reason, but I really appreciate the people who have offered their support of my comments and appreciate that I said what I said.”