FS1’s Skip Bayless has careless remarks for Cowboys’ Dak Prescott after depressive episode
Skip Bayless is known to stir controversy in the sports world and his latest comments on Dallas Cowboys star quarterback Dak Prescott weren’t received well.
During an episode of FS1’s “Undisputed” on Thursday, Bayless had careless remarks for Prescott after the passer revealed he dealt with depression this year (via Spectrum Sports’ Chris Torello).
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
Earlier this year, back in April, it was discovered that Prescott’s brother passed away. In a recent sit-down interview with sports journalist, Graham Bensinger, Prescott revealed that his brother’s death was a suicide.
Following the death of his brother, Prescott was transparent on his situation, revealing that he became depressed. As a result, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer, the Cowboys quarterback sought help for his anxiety and depression this offseason.
Depression and anxiety have become popular topics in sports and rightfully so. Some fans don’t realize the hardships or everyday struggles that athletes experience behind closed doors. So for Bayless to downplay depression and essentially calling Prescott weak for sharing his personal anecdote, it could become dangerous to those that are affected by depression.
When Bayless’ comments were unveiled, plenty of prominent members in media or athletes themselves called him out on his apathetic remarks. Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks was one of many to iterate that Bayless’ comments could be dangerous to everyone affected.
What Skip said about Dak Prescott isn’t just problematic, it’s also incredibly dangerous.
We can’t perpetuate the idea that because someone is a “leader” they aren’t allowed to feel extreme emotions or have battles with their mental health. We have to get rid of the stigma.
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) September 10, 2020
Besides Rooks, The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler questioned Skip Bayless’ understanding of depression and leadership.
Horrified to see Skip Bayless' comments about Dak Prescott's grief and depression following his brother's suicide. He clearly misunderstands depression, but he also misunderstands leadership. Prescott *is* being a leader by showing his vulnerability, in my opinion.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) September 10, 2020
It’s an awful feeling to lose someone close to you and the loss of that person can have a negative impact on someone. For Prescott, it was courageous to speak on his brother’s death and seek help when he needed it. He exemplifies what it means to be a leader and hopefully Bayless realizes that after the harm he’s caused.