Thursday morning, Skip Bayless said he didn’t have sympathy for Dak Prescott going public with his depression after his older brother’s suicide.
The segment aired on Undisputed:
Just told Dak that he doesn’t care about him being depressed about his brother’s suicide because he plays for the Cowboys and it could be a sign of weakness……
— ⭐️New Season Who This 0-0⭐️ (@Ace_Eca4) September 10, 2020
Bayless teased the segment before it aired:
STUNNER: Dak divulges the depression he suffered. Now on @undisputed
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 10, 2020
Bayless’ comments immediately sparked a reaction from sports media talents, former ESPN colleagues, and athletes expressing their disgust.
#SkipJobless and #FireSkip are now trending nationwide.
Keith Olbermann, most notably, called for Fox to fire Bayless.
He has forfeited whatever paper-thin rationale remained for giving him a voice on the public stage.
This is utterly unconscionable. It’s not a “take” – it’s an insult to every person with emotions. Clearly Bayless is not one of them. https://t.co/qMR5ZFL1zT
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 10, 2020
Damien Woody who appeared regularly with Bayless on First Take:
Basically saying shut up & throw the damn ball 🤦🏾♂️ 🤡
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) September 10, 2020
On the list “a**holes that get paid millions of dollars for no reason” at their TV Job, @RealSkipBayless is easily at the top of that list.
— Matt Barrie (@MattBarrie) September 10, 2020
On the complete opposite end of the Bayless word diarrhea, there is the best in the business: @miketirico
A+ studio host. A+ play-by-play football and golf.
All without yelling opinions. All without the disease of ME. TV Pro.
— Matt Barrie (@MattBarrie) September 10, 2020
Honestly, I am shaking about Skip’s comments on Dak. It is exactly that archaic & indefensible thought process that contributes to football players & other athletes suffering IN SILENCE & NEVER ASKING FOR HELP. You know who else was a quarterback? TYLER. HILINSKI. @HilinskisHope
— Jen Lada (@JenLada) September 10, 2020
-opening up and talking about your issues with depression can be a great coping mechanism
-how does that affect your leadership position/ability in anyway but potentially positively? https://t.co/v4SDVRzo8f
— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) September 10, 2020
My industry is often painted with a broad brush as one of "hot takes" and "attention seekers." Skip Bayless is why.
This is an insulting lack of simple human empathy on #nationalsuicidepreventionday.
Mission accomplished, jackass. https://t.co/kSKPGNiTps
— Chris Carlin (@ChrisCarlin) September 10, 2020
Here’s @RealSkipBayless being his asshole best claiming @Dak deserves so sympathy for experiencing depression (due to death of his brother during a pandemic) for the sole reason that he’s the QB of #Cowboys.
— PCreight (@PCreighton1) September 10, 2020
Dak Prescott’s brother died in April of an apparent suicide.
Dak battled depression.
Dak showed courage and bravery to maybe help someone who is afraid to speak up.
Skip Bayless has ZERO COMPASSION because Dak plays QB in the #NFL and showing weakness.
— CHRIS TORELLO (@TorelloSports) September 10, 2020
Skip Bayless thinks Dak Prescott is weak for admitting he’s suffered depression following his brother’s suicide and during the Covid-19 pandemic. He says leaders don’t do that.
Leaders help others. Dak is helping teammates and fans alike by speaking up.
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) September 10, 2020
And on World Suicide Prevention day nonetheless!!!
Dak saved lives by what he said…and no this is not an overstatement. https://t.co/hJVB4mXgue
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) September 10, 2020
I get on twitter to laugh joke & spit real life shit with people but I’m being very clear with you skip bayless… FUCK YOU….I pray you never have to face mental illness or anything close to what people face with when they have mental health concerns.. you’ll fold like a bitch
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) September 10, 2020
What a fucking asshole @RealSkipBayless is. The worst part? He doesn’t even believe what he said.
— Kirk Minihane (@kirkmin) September 10, 2020
There are far more @dak Prescotts in the world than there are sports hot takers who averaged 2.7ppg in high school hoops.
— Randy Scott (@RandyScottESPN) September 10, 2020
What Skip Bayless said today is the reason why there’s a stigma about depression. It’s the reason why people are afraid to open up.
Don’t listen to him.
It takes so much strength to open up about depression, like Dak Prescott did. It’s OK to not be OK. It’s OK to get help.
— Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) September 10, 2020
Dak Prescott basically said: I'm a human being, I can be vulnerable at times. It's been a really hard year for me, & I want to normalize mental wellness & admitting when we aren't OK.
And Skip Bayless basically said: nah, toxic masulinity is the way for me b/c football.
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) September 10, 2020
Update: Fox Sports sent the following statement about Skip Bayless:
Fox Sports’ statement on Skip Bayless: pic.twitter.com/VtioudOob4
— Bobby Burack (@burackbobby_) September 11, 2020