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Angry Ohio State fans run ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit & family out of Columbus

Mar 12, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

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Or, “What happens when you live in a college town with literally nothing else going on (and no, the Blue Jackets don’t count).” It seems that the fine people of Columbus, Ohio have forced the pretty boy former Buckeye QB and current ESPN college football broadcaster to move his family out of town, due to “constant criticism he has received from a vocal minority of Ohio State fans who don’t understand that his job at the network demands objectivity and fairness.”

What, was his house getting toilet-papered? Bags of dog feces on the doorstep? Eggs thrown errantly into his just paid-for shiny new vinyl siding? What level of harassment could force a grown man to move his family out of the town he went to college in, the one city in America where his face is known best?

“I don’t like moving. I love living here. I don’t want to leave. But I just can’t do this anymore. I really can’t keep going like this.

‘Eighty to ninety percent of the Ohio State fans are great. It’s the vocal minority that make it rough. They probably represent only 5 to 10 percent of the fan base, but they are relentless.’

I’m taking it Kirk wasn’t a math major. But sloppy percentages aside, it’s hard to imagine just what this “vocal minority” of crazed Buckeye boosters could be doing to force him to move, if he was as against it as he says. He sounds like he was two steps from jumping off a bridge. I’m no investigative reporter, but I’m willing to bet there’s more to the story here.

The Herbstreits now make their home in Nashville, Tennessee, where since Kirk is neither a country music star nor a Manning brother, nobody will care. Careful what you wish for, Kirk.

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Bob Hunter commentary: Rumblings…Kirk Herbstreit, Blue Jackets, Crew, and more [Dispatch.com]

  1. wstaple2 - Mar 13, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    As you have said you are no investigative reporter. However as an intelligent mature human being you should realise that you need to walk a mile in his shoes befor you start fully judging his actions in this case. I’m sure your correct that there is more to this case an such you should just give him the benefit of the doubt on how to best serve his wife an children. His only mistake that I see is that he made his move public information. He needed to just do the move with no notice or comment in any public arena.

  2. myerscb - Mar 13, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    This is a pretty disappointing article.