For what seems like forever, Skip Bayless has been really reckless in comments that he makes about athletes over the years, but he took it to another level today.
On Thursday, the Bayless caused a wave of criticism when discussing Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott who recently revealed he’s been battling depression. He also discussed his brother, Jace, who died by suicide earlier this year.
Bayless questioned if Prescott’s capable of leading “America’s Team” while battling depression.
“I have deep compassion for clinical depression, but when it comes to the quarterback of an NFL team, you know this better than I do, it’s the ultimate leadership position in sports, am I right about that?” Bayless said on “Undisputed” on Thursday. “You are commanding an entire franchise… And they’re all looking to you to be their CEO, to be in charge of the football team.
“Because of all that, I don’t have sympathy for him going public with, ‘I got depressed’ and ‘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.”
The backlash got so bad that Fox Sports issued a statment standing in support of Prescott. The network also stated its disagreement with Bayless’ stance.
“At FOX Sports, we are proud of Dak Prescott for publicly revealing his struggle with depression and mental health,” the statement reads. “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.”