In an interview with the TODAY‘s Matt Lauer, Hayward teared up as he recalled seeing his mother crying after the injury (starting at 3:38):
“As a parent, you don’t want your child to go through that. And as a parent myself, it’s like, thinking, I would rather take their pain… Sorry, you know…
“And this is where it makes me emotional because… like, I wouldn’t want Bernie or Charlie to go through that so.
“And I remember seeing my mom, and she’s crying. And that’s just tough. It’s tough to see your parents cry too because it makes you emotional.”