- Skip Bayless has made a career out of saying the most ridiculous and sometimes offensive things possible under the guise of a ‘hot-take.’
- That may have been what he was going for when he criticized Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for being open about suffering from depression.
- But the world has rallied behind Prescott and condemned Bayless, which leads to one question: why hasn’t he been canceled yet?
Skip Bayless has built a career on making outlandish, and often absurd ‘hot takes’ about sports. It’s almost like his goal is to say the most outrageous thing possible.
Since controversy sells, he gets away with it—a lot. But he shouldn’t. It’s high time we rid society of this so-called journalist. He needs to be off the air, erased from the internet, and his credentials revoked.
In short, it’s time to cancel Skip Bayless.
Skip Bayless and the Dak Prescott/Mental Health Fallout
As a shock-jock, it’s kind of his thing to make hot-takes that are going to surprise people and get them riled up. But his recent take on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was a low blow, even for him. What did he say?
In a nutshell, he was hyper-critical of Prescott for being open about dealing with depression. According to Bayless, it was not a good look for the leader of the Dallas Cowboys.
Fans, other members of the media, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones disagreed:
It was the kind of take he’s built his career on. It’s not unusual for his takes to elicit passionate responses from fans, athletes, and colleagues.
As expected, Bayless was roasted on social media by fans, athletes (like Dez Bryant), and colleagues for disrespecting Prescott and those who struggle with depression and mental illness.
Watch ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt check the Fox Sports host:
Scott Van Pelt puts @RealSkipBayless in his place…. without ever saying his name.
— Funhouse (@BackAftaThis) September 11, 2020
But this one was so bad even his employers, FOX Sports, issued a response:
It’s Time To Cancel Skip Bayless
With the level and intensity of the backlash he received over his comments, including the statement released by Fox Sports, you’d think Bayless would backtrack from his comments or maybe even issue an apology for them—but he hasn’t.
Rather than apologize, he blamed everyone else for misconstruing his words:
Skip Bayless doesn’t apologize for his comments about Dak Prescott,says he has compassion for anyone suffering “clinical depression”, was misconstrued and was taking about Prescott’s “pandemic depressionpic.twitter.com/8sAjTyWMgz
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) September 11, 2020
What makes this whole mess even worse is that Skip Bayless was once a respected member of his field. He has always had an interest in the controversial, but he was an award-winning journalist early in his career.
But then as his fame grew and his platform expanded, he began pandering to the lowest common denominator. If it was outrageous, ridiculous, and borderline libelous, he said it. LeBron James is a choker. Tim Tebow is the next Brett Favre. I’m totally against taking America-born white players in the first round of the [NBA] draft.
The more ridiculous, the better—but he justifies it by claiming he can back it all up. On those occasions where he can, great. But that doesn’t justify saying things as he did about Dak Prescott and mental health.
Bayless is no longer a journalist. He isn’t even a shock-jock. His show barely qualifies as entertainment, and it certainly isn’t news. It serves no useful purpose—like Bayless.
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