While others called for Skip Bayless to be fired for his comments about Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Fox Sports was considering offering him a raise, Front Office Sports is reporting. The “Undisputed” host already makes a reported $6 million a year. Now, he’s in line for a bump when his contract expires at the end of the month. Though how much he’d make on a new contract was not reported.
Bayless upset most of the sports world when he said he had “no sympathy” for Prescott. The quarterback admitted to struggling with anxiety and depression because of his brother’s recent suicide and the pandemic.
In a candid discussion about mental health, Prescott told Graham Bensinger on the show “In Depth with Graham Bensinger,” that quarantining over coronavirus pandemic was particularly tough for him.
“All throughout this quarantine and this offseason, I started experiencing emotions I’ve never felt before,” the 27-year-old said. “Anxiety for the main one. And then, honestly, a couple of days before my brother passed, I would say I started experiencing depression. And to the point of, I didn’t want to work out anymore. I didn’t know necessarily what I was going through, to say the least, and hadn’t been sleeping at all.”
He also talks about his brother’s suicide in April, and how it impacted his family.
Bayless had a different take.
Bayless weighs in
On his show “Undisputed,” Bayless said he had “no sympathy” for Prescott.
“I’m going to ask our audience to go ahead and condemn me, if you choose, as cold-blooded and insensitive on this issue. I have deep compassion for clinical depression. 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. You are commanding an entire franchise. … But you’re commanding a lot of young men and some older men. 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 where I couldn’t even go workout.’ Look, he’s the quarterback of America’s Team.”Skip Bayless, “Undisputed”
Fans weigh in
Fans and the press condemned Bayless’s callous and wrongheaded hot take.
People called him a “clown.” They said his opinions were “garbage” and “dangerous.” Even Fox Sports, the network currently considering giving him a raise, tried to distance itself from Bayless’s remark.
“At FOX Sports, we are proud of Dak Prescott for publicly revealing his struggle with depression and mental health,” Fox Sports 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 comments on the next day’s “Undisputed,” but did not apologize. He said his comments were misconstrued.