Kirk Herbstreit Rips ESPN Colleague Dan Orlovsky, Calls Him ‘Reckless’ And ‘Embarrassing’ Over Justin Fields Work Ethic Report Many Felt Was Racially Biased

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ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has some thoughts on colleague Dan Orlovsky’s report on Justin Fields.

On Wednesday, Orlovsky was heavily criticized for reporting that some teams had issues with Fields’ “work ethic” during an appearance on ‘The Pat McAfee Show.’

“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.”

Orlovsky was immediately called out for pushing a racially biased media narrative by regurgitating what some anonymous team execs had told him about Fields.

On Thursday, Orlovsky took to Twitter to apologize for his reporting on the McAfee’s show and clarified that Ohio State coaches think Fields’ work ethic is great.

Herbstreit, who is the top college football analyst at ESPN, blasted his colleague and called him “reckless” for resharing the Fields information.