@dak being vulnerable is showing unbelievable strength and leadership. Are you kidding me? One of the groups most affected is young adults, just like Prescott, who is 27. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Bayless arrived at Fox Sports in 2016 after appearing regularly on ESPN’s popular “First Take,” another program that aims to spur debate among viewers. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved Bayless’ remarks are insensitive and callous. Reactions on social media swarmed in as many notable sports personalities defended Prescott and blasted Bayless. 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. Skip Bayless recently had a horrific take about Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. If you reveal publicly any little weakness, it can affect your team’s ability to believe in you in the toughest spots and it can definitely encourage others on the other side to come after you.”, Fox Sports on Thursday night released a statement rebuking Bayless’ comments. Prescott opened up about his anguish, detailing his emotions when his father called him with the agonizing news. The only Dak depression I discussed … What did Bayless call them? “I have deep compassion for clinical depression, but when it comes to the quarterback of an NFL team…it’s the ultimate leadership position in sports," Bayless said. Dak has been stronger than just about anyone I’ve ever been around. “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.’ Look, he’s the quarterback of America’s team …'” He added: “The sport that you play, it is dog eat dog. Then Bayless went on to blame others for misinterpreting what he said. — Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) September 10, 2020 In fact, it shows strength. Is what Skip Bayless said dangerous and profoundly stupid? #SkipSkipBayless. Bayless is a millionaire TV pundit, and he should be smart enough to know that. “Anxiety for the main one. You can watch the NFL star explain how he was feeling below. As the quarterback of America’s Team, it is even more vital for Prescott to speak up. Dak is helping teammates and fans alike by speaking up. Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. Instead, he took a cheap shot at Dak Prescott for an unbelievably bad reason. Follow David Hookstead on Twitter and Instagram. Fox Sports does "not agree" with Skip Bayless' comments criticizing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for coming forward speaking about his battle with depression. In a recent interview on YouTube with sports journalist Graham Bensinger, Prescott confirmed his brother, Jace, died of suicide last April. It all seems wrapped together with the depression and his brother’s suicide in April. Previously, Reimer was a host and columnist for WEEI in Boston, and has written for several publications, Alex Reimer is back for his second stint with SportsMoney. You may opt-out by. 72,653, This story has been shared 43,110 times. Your Ad Choices The coronavirus has only exacerbated the alarming phenomenon. How about that take? (Photo by Christopher Capozziello/For The Washington Post via Getty Images), with sports journalist Graham Bensinger, Prescott confirmed his brother, Jace, died of suicide last April. Skip Bayless Says Dak Prescott Should 'Rise Above' Depression. The sports world finally wanted Skip Bayless to talk — and he said nothing. NBA star Kevin Love, who opened up about his own mental health battle in the past, stated that Prescott's status as an NFL QB made his admission even more brave and important. I didn’t know necessarily what I was going through, to say the least, and hadn’t been sleeping at all.”. But FOX Sports pundit Skip Bayless sees Prescott’s honesty differently. You’re admitting what you’re about to say is going to be really bad, and you went ahead and did it anyways. He should man up, pick up the phone and give Prescott a call. Skip Bayless found himself at the center of controversy on Thursday when the Fox Sports personality made controversial comments regarding Dallas Cowboys' QB Dak Prescott's mental health. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. With this harrowing reality in mind, it is important for prominent figures, such as Prescott, to be transparent about their struggles. Mental health issues is a real problem than some men don’t take serious. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love detailed his experiences with panic attacks in a poignant Players’ Tribune essay, leading the way for players to bring awareness about mental health issues. “I want to reiterate some points I made about Dak Prescott and the depression he discussed,” Bayless said. ... You’re commanding a lot of young men and some older men. The early stages of the pandemic also saw Dak’s older brother, Jace, take his own life. Other sports personalities and athletes chimed in as well. “Nothing to be afraid of. Good for Dak. In recent years, prominent professional athletes have been open about their struggles with mental health, in an effort to eradicate the stigma. Prescott recently opened up during an interview about his brother Jace committing suicide, anxiety and depression that he felt during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. If you are suffering from any form of depression, please seek help.”. Why Greg Hardy's Reinstatement Is A Disgrace For The NFL. I write about the intersection between sports, culture and media. %link% And they’re all looking to you to be their CEO, to be in charge of the football team. Dak is helping teammates and fans alike by speaking up. *follow @ForTheWin: https://www.twitter.com/forthewin Strong words, many viewed Bayless' explanation as insensitive. “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.”. Bayless, however, thinks Prescott is showing weakness. I’d like to think that Bayless isn’t referencing Prescott’s brother killing himself, but it’s honestly hard to tell. NBA commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged the league’s seeming mental health crisis last year at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Skip Bayless thinks Dak Prescott is weak for admitting he’s suffered depression following his brother’s suicide and during the Covid-19 pandemic. A post shared by Dak Prescott (@_4dak) on Jun 22, 2020 at 4:21pm PDT. For more great sports stories ... © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Dancing Skip Bayless is why the Cowboys should never win again, Skip Bayless nearing raise to $6 million after Dak Prescott controversy, Fox Sports rebukes Skip Bayless for 'insensitive' Dak Prescott rant, Skip Bayless: 'No sympathy' for Dak Prescott sharing depression struggles, admonished Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Don’t let @RealSkipBayless stop you all from speaking up. Dak’s a true leader for speaking about his real emotions, Skip Bayless blasted for stance on Prescott’s mental health battle. The only Dak depression I discussed on the show was from an interview he taped with Graham Bensinger,” Bayless said. Think about that the next time somebody asks that simple question: "How are you?”. 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.”. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Gang's All Here: A NY Jets Podcast “At FOX Sports, we are proud of Dak Prescott for publicly revealing his struggle with depression and mental health. He should apologize and then we can move forward. Instead, Bayless seemingly wants Prescott to hide, or even worse, lie. [+] (Photo by Christopher Capozziello/For The … Bayless was unmoved. Cowboys linebacker Justin March, who went through a similar situation to Prescott's, tweeted that he understands what his teammate is going through. Fox Sports host Skip Bayless tried Friday to tamp down pushback to comments he made the day before criticizing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for remarks he made about grappling with depression – just hours after his employer appeared to reprimand him for the comments.