Tennessee's Rashaan Gaulden calls out Kirk Herbstreit for conduct double standard

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/240261/" data-ylk="slk:Rashaan Gaulden">Rashaan Gaulden</a> flipped off Alabama fans in October and Kirk Herbstreit said he should have been kicked off the team. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
Rashaan Gaulden flipped off Alabama fans in October and Kirk Herbstreit said he should have been kicked off the team. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden doesn’t care much for Kirk Herbstreit’s support of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield given what the ESPN analyst previously said about Gaulden.

Gaulden extended his middle fingers towards Alabama fans after scoring a touchdown in the Vols’ loss to the Tide on Oct. 21.

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The next weekend, Herbstreit said Gaulden should have been kicked off the team for what he did. Here’s what Herbstreit said on “College GameDay” via the Knoxville News Sentinel:

“You’re thinking, ‘With everything that’s been going on at Tennessee, that guy probably will never play again,’” Herbstreit said. “Next series the defense is on the field, No. 7 is back in the lineup playing. And you wonder why Tennessee has issues. They don’t have any discipline.

“(Jones) should have taken his uniform off, sent him upstairs and said, ‘Go get a popcorn. You’re no longer on the football team’ and sent a message to the whole team.”

After Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy Saturday night, Herbstreit sent a tweet saying Mayfield — who grabbed his crotch and yelled expletives at the Kansas bench in November — was simply misunderstood.

(via ESPN)
(via ESPN)


Here’s what Gaulden had to say in response to that.


Saying Mayfield is misunderstood is a reasonable opinion that can be easily backed up. But not after establishing a different set of standards for another player who previously committed similar actions. Someone as smart and high-profile as Herbstreit has to be consistent.

There’s no logical way to explain how Gaulden flipping off fans is worthy of being off the team while Mayfield’s competitive spirit has “gotten the best of him” when grabbing himself and shouting expletives at the other team.

Good for Gaulden for pointing that out.

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