TV commentator Skip Bayless has doubled down on feedback he made Thursday concerning Dak Prescott’s despair, saying they had been misconstrued.
On Friday, Bayless was given the chance on “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” to deal with feedback he made the day prior that he had “no sympathy” for the Dallas quarterback after he opened up about his points with despair. He claimed Dallas was searching for Prescott — whose points started with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and had been exacerbated by the April suicide of his older brother — to be its CEO.
Bayless was roundly criticized for his take, which many thought-about obtuse and outdated in a panorama that locations better emphasis on psychological well being. Bayless, nevertheless, mentioned he solely meant that Prescott ought to have appeared for assist together with his despair as quickly as he was conscious of it; he additionally mentioned his feedback referred solely to Prescott’s despair because it associated to the pandemic. He made no point out of his older brother, Jace Prescott.
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“I wish to reiterate some factors I made yesterday on the present about Dak Prescott and the despair he mentioned. As I strongly acknowledged, I’ve nice compassion for anybody struggling scientific despair, which may be very actual. If you’re affected by any type of despair, please search assist. And that is the ultimate level, one I am advised was misconstrued by many: The one Dak despair I addressed on yesterday’s present was from an interview he taped with Graham Bensinger. Dak mentioned that despair occurred quickly after the pandemic hit, early within the quarantine. I mentioned yesterday, that if Dak wanted assist for pandemic despair, he ought to have sought counseling then. And once more in case you are affected by any type of despair, please search assist.”
No matter Bayless’ intention or intention, his feedback prompt that Prescott, by opening up about his personal points, didn’t exemplify correct management. The backlash prompted Fox Sports activities to challenge a press release in help of Prescott, including that the community didn’t agree with Bayless’ opinion:
“At Fox Sports activities, we’re pleased with Dak Prescott for publicly revealing his wrestle with despair and psychological well being. Irrespective of the reason for the wrestle, Fox Sports activities believes Dak confirmed great braveness which is obvious in each his management on the Dallas Cowboys and in his character off the sector. We don’t agree with Skip Bayless’ opinion on ‘Undisputed’ this morning. Now we have addressed the importance of this matter with Skip and the way his insensitive feedback had been obtained by individuals internally at Fox Sports activities and our viewers.”
Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones appeared to share that sentiment on Friday in an look on Dallas radio present 105.three The Fan. He counseled Prescott for opening up about his despair, saying it was an indicator of his management — not a detriment..
“That is such a humanizing side, to see Dak this manner. So humanizing. The rest would not have a lot substance to it, frankly — any commentary, an evaluation,” Jones advised The Fan. “Dak’s speaking about actual, actual, actual life and inside ideas. The opposite stuff, the static outdoors, simply pales compared to Dak’s message.”