“For the record, I tried to get in touch with Troy after he seemed to have a public issue with it,” Bayless told Seth Davis. “I wrote him a note that said, ‘I’m dumbfounded by this that you have any issue with this book. I would have thought you would have loved this book.’ He was like the last American hero to me. And to this day I haven’t seen Troy, and I would be happy to sit down with him today and talk to him.”
Skip Bayless Says He Doesn’t Understand Why Troy Aikman Got Upset Over His Gay Claim
Fox Sports analyst Skip Bayless and NFL on Fox’s Troy Aikman have not crossed each others paths since Bayless wrote a book called ‘Hell-Bent’ back in 1996, which speculated that the ex-Cowboys quarterback was gay.
“I had heard the rumor since 1991. An off-duty Dallas police officer who traveled with the Cowboys and worked security at their hotels first told me that ‘the word on the street’ was that Troy Aikman was gay. Over the next four years, I heard the rumor from two more police officers who worked around the team (and I know they mentioned it to team officials). One officer told me Aikman ‘was supposed to be’ having a relationship with a male member of a country-western band.”
Fast forward 20 years, as Bayless was a guest on Seth Davis’ podcast and he explained how he was shocked by Aikman’s reaction to the book. He went on to say he would like to meet in person to settle the feud between them.
“No one who read that book thought Troy Aikman was gay. No one. Trust me. Because even Troy’s supporters who read the book loved the way I wrote it,” Bayless said. “As I wrote in the book I don’t know and I don’t care, but that was a big locker room issue that year and a big issue among the Switzer supporters.”
It’s easy to see why Aikman was so furious about Fox Sports even hiring Bayless earlier this year. He spoke about it to Sports Illustrated:
“To say I’m disappointed in the hiring of Skip Bayless would be an enormous understatement,” Aikman said. “Clearly, [Fox Sports president of national networks] Jamie Horowitz and I have a difference of opinion when it comes to building a successful organization. I believe success is achieved by acquiring and developing talented, respected and credible individuals, none of which applies to Skip Bayless.”