Fox Sports host Skip Bayless has said some outlandish things over the years, but his latest one landed him in scorching hot water following a controversial tweet about a football player who suffered a medical emergency during a game.
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed mid-game during Monday night’s contest against the Cincinnati Bengals and is currently in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest.
During the incident, Bayless tweeted: “no doubt the NFL is considering postponing the rest of this game – but how? This late in the season, a game of this magnitude is crucial to the regular-season outcome … which suddenly seems so irrelevant.”
Not a soul cared about the playing of that game except him. His reaction let to his co-host, former NFL player Shannon Sharpe, not showing up for work on Tuesday. His words sparked outrage on Twitter from a number of current and former athletes.
Among those who spoke out against him was Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma. He questioned why Bayless has never been fired for things he has said.
“How come there is no repercussions for any of Skip Bayless’s insensitive things that he has said over the years?? Hmmmm….”
Bayless later followed up with a tweet apologizing for what he said was a misunderstanding.
“Nothing is more important than that young man’s health. That was the point of my last tweet. I’m sorry if that was misunderstood but his health is all that matters,” Bayless tweeted.
Bayless didn’t acknowledge the tweet at the beginning of Tuesday’s “Undisputed.”
“I apologize for what for what we’re going to set out to do here today, if it offends anyone because we’re going to try to do the show pretty much as usual we do the show,” he said. “I’ll admit up front that I’m still shook up what happened last night to Damar Hamlin. In fact, I’m still wrecked. In fact, I’m not sure I’m capable of doing this show today.”
He added that after “barely sleeping on it,” he decided to carry on with the talk show.
It was unclear if Sharpe will return to the show.
The NFL postponed Monday’s game after coaches from both teams refused to continue the game, saying details on the next steps would come at an “appropriate time.”