Sports | September 11, 2020 10:57 am

Fox Sports Calls Skip Bayless “Insensitive” for Dak Prescott Depression Rant

Bayless said he felt “no sympathy” for the Cowboys quarterback's struggles with depression

Skip Bayless Rant
Skip Bayless attends IAVA 7th Annual Heroes Gala in 2013 in New York City.
Michael Loccisano

In the wake of Dak Prescott revealing that he sought help in the offseason for anxiety and depression brought on by the death of his older brother and the coronavirus pandemic, Fox Sports host Skip Bayless declared he felt “no sympathy” for the Dallas Cowboys quarterback.

“When it comes to the quarterback of a NFL team, you know this as well as I do or better than I do, it’s the ultimate leadership position in sports, am I right about that?” Bayless said on Undisputed. “You are commanding an entire NFL franchise, what’s the roster at now, 53 guys? … 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, I suffered depression early in COVID, to the point that I couldn’t even go work out.’”

Understandably, what Bayless had to say generated a significant amount of blowback on social media and from other media members.

Fox Sports even felt the need to condemn Bayless for his “insensitive comments.”

“At FOX Sports, we are proud of Dak Prescott for publicly revealing his struggle with depression and mental health,” the network said in a statement. “No matter the cause of the struggle, 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. We have addressed the significance of this matter with Skip and how his insensitive comments were received by people internally at FOX Sports and our audience.”

Bayless addressed the issue on his show earlier today but stopped short of apologizing for what he said.

Until further notice, it seems the best course of action is to not listen to Bayless.

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