Skip Bayless Doesn’t Apologize For His Comments About Dak Prescott’s Depression Despite Backlash

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Skip Bayless doesn’t seem to be ready to apologize for the controversial comments he made about Dak Prescott’s depression.

On Thursday, Bayless drew the ire of the Internet when he said he thought the Cowboys QB was showing weakness when he opened up about his depression during a recent interview.

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”

After intense backlash, Fox Sports decided to release a statement on Thursday night condemning Skip’s comments.

During his show on Friday, Bayless briefly addressed the controversy but did not apologize for his comments. Instead, Bayless instructed people with depression to seek help for their issues and Fox had the Suicide Prevention phone number on the screen. The FS1 host went on to say he felt his comments were being “misconstrued” and that he was talking about Prescott’s “pandemic depression” and the not depression he suffered as a result of his brother’s suicide.

“I want to reiterate some points I made yesterday on the show about Dak Prescott and the depression he discussed. As I strongly stated, I have great compassion for anyone suffering clinical depression, which is very real,” “If you are suffering from any point of depression, please seek help.”

“And this is the final point, one I’m told was misconstrued by many, the only Dak depression I addressed on yesterday’s show was from an interview he taped with Graham Bensinger. Dak said that depression happened soon after the pandemic hit, early in the quarantine. I said yesterday that if Dak needed help for pandemic depression, he should have sought counseling then,. “And again, if you are suffering from any form of depression, please seek help.”

As for Prescott, he responded to Skip’s criticism by stating that he would be a “fake leader” if he didn’t open up about his depression.