The sports world finally wanted Skip Bayless to talk — and he said nothing.
The Fox Sports bloviator spent the first hour of “Undisputed” arguing with co-host Shannon Sharpe about the Chiefs’ 34-20 NFL-opening victory over the Texans and the Lakers’ dismantling of the Rockets in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Then, before a commercial break around 10:30 a.m., Bayless addressed the firestorm he set off when he admonished Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for opening up about his fight with depression.
“I want to reiterate some points I made about Dak Prescott and the depression he discussed,” Bayless said. “As I strongly stated, I have great compassion for anyone suffering from clinical depression, which is very real. If you are suffering from any form of depression, please seek help.”
Then Bayless went on to blame others for misinterpreting what he said.
“And this is the final point, one I am told was misconstrued by many. The only Dak depression I discussed on the show was from an interview he taped with Graham Bensinger,” Bayless said. “Dak said that depression hit soon after the pandemic hit, right after the quarantine. I said [Thursday] that if Dak needed help for pandemic depression, he should have sought it then.”
The early stages of the pandemic also saw Dak’s older brother, Jace, take his own life. It was a topic that was also broached in the interview with Bensinger.
“You are commanding an entire franchise … And they’re all looking to you to be their CEO, to be in charge of the football team,” Bayless said Thursday.
“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.”
This immediately transitioned into a segment where Bayless, a former Dallas columnist, referred to Prescott as “my quarterback” while discussing the Cowboys’ chances this season.
Rinse. Repeat. Shake your head.