‘Doctors have recently found a blood clot in my system,’ he announced Monday.
Source: Kelen McBreen
Longtime ESPN analyst and former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Kirk Herbstreit revealed on Monday he’ll be missing out on this year’s NFL Draft due to a blood clot.
The popular sports figure’s video has over 1.5 million views online.
“Unfortunately, I will not be able to come out to Vegas and be a part of this year’s coverage,” Herbstreit announced. “Doctors have recently found a blood clot in my system. I’m very fortunate to have very good doctors who I trust and I feel good, but out of an abundance of caution I think I’m just going to take a step back from this year’s coverage.”
Last year, Herbstreit was dragged on Twitter after announcing he received his second vaccine.
Got my 2nd vaccine today. So thankful to take that next step. Never really looked at the decision any other way other than I just wanted to be vaccinated and feel that freedom. No brainer for me-Appreciative for the opportunity. 🙏🏼— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) April 23, 2021
Due to ESPN‘s strict vaccine policies and their mandate for employees who work remotely to get booster shots, it’s likely Herbstreit has also had his booster shot since he tweeted about getting his second jab.
The sports analyst also had a rough time with Covid, posting in June of 2021 that he couldn’t smell or taste for five months after catching the virus.
Been 5 months since I tested positive for Covid. Still can’t taste or smell. Anyone else experience this?? Did it ever come back?? Haven’t tasted a meal since late December. After 5 months…is this my new normal or will taste and smell come back???— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) June 1, 2021
Meanwhile, NFL analyst Mel Kiper revealed last week he will not be allowed to attend this year’s NFL Draft because he has not received a Covid vaccine.
Mel Kiper announces @espn won’t let him attend the NFL Draft because he didn’t get the covid shot. So he’s working from home. This is so dumb. Hundreds of thousands of people in Las Vegas will be attending the draft without covid shots or masks. https://t.co/cH2sRautbr— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 19, 2022
In October 2021, ESPN reporter Allison Williams announced she was being forced out of the network after the Disney-owned sports outlet implemented a Covid vaccine mandate she refused to comply with.
ESPN analyst Sage Steele took the Covid vaccine under duress from the outlet in 2021 and still caught the virus only to be suspended for speaking out against the company’s policy.
Would Herbstreit admit the truth if his doctors made a connection between his complication and the shots or would he be punished by ESPN for speaking out even if he wanted to?