Five Who Get It, Five Who Don’t

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THEY GET IT

Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN — As long as the commentary is genuine and heartfelt — and not forced as part of the network’s predominant theme — it’s important for analysts to speak about systemic racism. Among the most potent was Herbstreit, who openly sobbed while delivering a memorable message on the season’s first “College GameDay’’ show: “How do you listen to these stories and not feel pain and not want to help? You know what I mean? Wearing a hoodie and putting your hands at 10 and 2? `Oh, God, I better look out because I’m wearing Nike gear’ — like, what? What are we talking about? And so 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, like, lock arm in arm and be together. In a football locker room, that stuff is gone. Those barriers are gone. We’ve got to do better.” On the same program, colleague Lee Corso piped in with solid logic about football amid a pandemic: “I agree with the Big Ten and …

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