Purveyor of terrible takes Skip Bayless may have finally crossed the line with statements he made on Thursday with regard to Dak Prescott suffering from depression in the wake of his brother Jace’s suicide.
Bayless said on his Fox Sports show Undisputed, “I’m going to ask our audience to feel free and go ahead and condemn me if you choose as cold-blooded and insensitive on this issue. I have deep compassion for clinical depression but when it comes to the quarterback of an NFL team…it’s the ultimate leadership position in sports, you are commanding an entire franchise, you are commanding a lot of young men and some older men and they’re looking at you to be their CEO, to be in charge of their football team and because of that I don’t have sympathy for him going public with ‘I got depressed.’
“I suffered depression early in COVID to the point that I couldn’t even go work out. Look, he’s the quarterback of America’s Team. You know and I know, this sport that you play, it is dog eat dog. It is no compassion. No quarter given on the football field. If you reveal publicly any little weakness, it can affect your team’s ability to believe in you in the toughest spots and it definitely could encourage others on the other side to come after you.”
Needless to say, Bayless was immediately condemned and called insensitive because what he said was truly horrible.
Numerous athletes and fans destroyed Bayless for his comments, maybe none more so than Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard.
“Absolutely disgraceful,” Leonard wrote on Twitter. “You are a coward. Shut your dumb ass mouth and find something nice to say about someone. Mental health is INCREDIBLY important and people should be honest. By the way.. it doesn’t show weakness. It does the opposite. God Bless Dak and his family.”
Former NFL lineman Damien Woody also comdemned Bayless’ insensitive comments, ripping him in a tweet, “Some bullsh*t that @RealSkipBayless came with re @dak. Man opened up about a real issue that’s affecting so many in our society. I thought we want our athletes to be open & honest…CLOWN.
Following the outcry of anger with Bayless for his asinine comments, rather than suspend or, better yet, fire him, Fox Sports instead released a meaningless statement.
“At Fox Sports, we are proud of Dak Prescott for publicly revealing his struggle with depression and mental health,” it read. “No matter the cause of the struggles, Fox Sports believes Dak showed tremendous courage which is evident in both his leadership on the Dallas Cowboys and in his character off the field. We do not agree with Skip Bayless’ opinion on Undisputed this morning.”
Prescott, in reponse to Bayless’ comments, obviously disagreed with his stance, saying, “No, I think that’s a fake leader. Being a leader is about being genuine and being real.”
Bayless says he will address the issue Friday morning on his show. We will update this post when he does.
I’m about to comment on the Dak controversy. Now on @undisputed
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 11, 2020
Skip Bayless doesn’t apologize for his comments about Dak Prescott,says he has compassion for anyone suffering “clinical depression”, was misconstrued and was taking about Prescott’s “pandemic depressionpic.twitter.com/8sAjTyWMgz
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) September 11, 2020
Didn’t hear an apology there, did we?