FOX Sports' Jason Whitlock isn't a fan of Kirk Herbstreit's comments about the college football, NFL seasons
Kirk Herbstreit made some pretty big headlines on Friday, when the popular ESPN college football analyst provided a pessimistic outlook about the college football and NFL seasons. When he was asked about the possibility of having a 2020 season, Herbstreit responded that he’d be “shocked” if football was played this fall.
Many were critical of Herbstreit’s comments, as the start of the college football season is still five months away. While athletic directors, conference commissioners and the NCAA are working on contingency plans if necessary, there’s still a little bit of a wait-and-see aspect to all of this.
But Herbstreit made the comments, and took plenty of heat for it. Fox Sports’ personality Jason Whitlock was one of many who disagreed with the College GameDay analyst’s decision to make those remarks about the start of the season.
“I think he’s one of the most important voices in football, and that’s why I have a problem with these comments,” Whitlock said on Speak For Yourself, also acknowledging he’s “made mistakes” as a sports media personality.
“I just don’t think those of us with a platform and with a respected voice in sports, how can we jump out here as coronavirus experts when the experts aren’t really experts, because this is brand new? This is a new experience with everybody. The narrative keeps changing hour to hour, day to day, week to week – we can’t fully figure out: have we overreacted? Have we underreacted?”
Below are Whitlock’s full comments:
.@WhitlockJason has a problem with Herbstreit's comments
"I just don’t think those of us with a platform & with a respected voice in sports, how can we jump out here as Coronavirus experts when the experts aren’t really experts, because this is a new experience with everybody." pic.twitter.com/dAku4uSf5d
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) March 27, 2020