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Giants rookie Xavier McKinney trolls Skip Bayless over draft tweet

Skip Bayless

New York Giants rookie Xavier McKinney has been waiting more than eight months to make Skip Bayless eat his words, and he picked a great time to cash in.

McKinney recorded his first career interception in Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys when he picked off an Andy Dalton pass in the end zone with 1:24 remaining in the game. The interception helped seal a 23-19 win that kept the Giants’ playoff hopes alive. After the game, McKinney masterfully trolled Bayless by calling attention one of Skip’s old tweets.

Bayless, of course, is a huge Cowboys fan. As you can see from the tweet, he was pleased that the division rival Giants drafted McKinney because it meant the former Alabama star wouldn’t end up in Dallas.

The Cowboys would have also kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over the Giants, so McKinney’s tweet was just more salt in the wound. Skip already has to live with Mike McCarthy making a crucial mistake that could have cost Dallas the game, but now he has rookies making him look bad. You gotta love it.

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Report: Skip Bayless nearing contract extension with FOX Sports

Skip Bayless

Skip Bayless is nearing the end of his current contract with FOX Sports, but it does not sound like the polarizing media personality is going anywhere.

Bayless is close to finalizing a new deal with FOX, Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports. He is expected to get a slight raise on the $6 million salary he currently makes with the network. Negotiations are still ongoing with Bayless’ current contract set to expire at the end of the month.

Bayless wants to remain with FOX and executives want to keep him, but McCarthy says the recent backlash the 68-year-old received for his comments about Dak Prescott “put a major bump in negotiations.” Prescott opened up about his struggles with depression due in part to the coronavirus pandemic, and Bayless said he has no sympathy for the Dallas Cowboys quarterback. Bayless later tried to clarify that he was referring only to Prescott’s pandemic-related depression, not the struggles Prescott was having after his brother Jace committed suicide in April.

Prescott and his brother Tad responded to the criticism, and Dez Bryant and others also unloaded on Bayless.

Bayless earns a multimillion-dollar salary because of the outrageous things he says, so his remarks about Prescott were not a surprise.

While there was some talk that Bayless could potentially make a huge move back to his old employer, all indications are he will continue with FOX.

Skip Bayless tries to clarify remarks about Dak Prescott’s depression

Skip Bayless

Skip Bayless was heavily criticized on Thursday for some comments he made about Dak Prescott’s depression reveal, and the media personality has since tried to clarify the remarks.

During Friday’s edition of “Undisputed” on FOX Sports 1, Bayless said he wanted to emphasize that what he said about Prescott pertained only to the Dallas Cowboys quarterback’s revelation that he suffered from depression related to the pandemic. Bayless also said he understands clinical depression is “very real” and said anyone suffering from it should seek help.

“What I’m told was misconstrued by many — the only Dak depression I addressed on yesterday’s show was from an interview he taped with Graham Bensinger,” Bayless said. “Dak said that depression happened soon after the pandemic hit, early in the quarantine. I said yesterday that if Dak needed help for pandemic depression, he should have sought counseling then.”

Skip’s concern was clearly that some felt he was downplaying the depression Prescott has experienced in the wake of his brother’s suicide. Prescott’s brother Jace shot himself on April 24, which was early on in the coronavirus pandemic. However, Dak said he had already been suffering from depression related to the pandemic before Jace committed suicide.

Bayless said Thursday that he has no sympathy for Prescott because he’s supposed to be the leader of an NFL team. Prescott and his brother Tad responded to the criticism, and Dez Bryant and others also unloaded on Bayless.

Dez Bryant rips Skip Bayless for depression comments

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant was among those who had a strong reaction to Skip Bayless’ comments about Dak Prescott.

Prescott revealed in an interview published Wednesday that he dealt with depression related to the COVID-19 quarantines. Bayless, a host on FS1, was critical of Prescott for revealing this information. He acknowledged he was leaving himself open to criticism for his opinion, and he received the criticism from Bryant.

The former Dallas Cowboys receiver had some harsh comments.

“I get on twitter to laugh joke & spit real life s— with people but I’m being very clear with you skip bayless… F— 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 b—-,” Bryant said (profanity edited by LBS).

Bayless received widespread criticism for his comments, which is not unusual for him. He embraces the hate and often tries to stoke it with his contrary opinions.

Bryant played in the NFL from 2010-2017 and was teammates with Prescott on the Cowboys for 2016 and 2017.

Skip Bayless ripped over Dak Prescott depression comments

Skip Bayless

FS1 TV host Skip Bayless was criticized throughout social media on Thursday over his comments about Dak Prescott’s depression reveal.

Prescott talked about his brother’s suicide in an interview that was published on Wednesday. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback also shared that he was depressed early in the quarantine period related to the coronavirus.

On his “Undisputed” show with co-host Shannon Sharpe, Bayless said he had no sympathy for Prescott revealing that he dealt with depression. Bayless fully realized he was opening himself up for significant criticism with his comments and even prefaced that.

“I’m going to ask our audience to feel free to 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 quarterback of an NFL team, it’s the ultimate leadership position in sports. You’re commanding a lot of young men … and some older men. They’re all looking at you to be their CEO. 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 that I couldn’t even go work out.’ Look, he’s the quarterback of America’s Team,” Bayless said.

Bayless believes it was a competitive disadvantage for Prescott to reveal his depression battles publicly because he believes opposing players could use it against the quarterback.

Bayless was taken apart on social media by critics for being unsympathetic towards those dealing with depression.

Bayless’ entire shtick is to say outrageous things and get attention for them. He gets paid millions of dollars to do this.

Do you think he feels badly about his comments? Not at all. This was planned out. He even issued a caveat before sharing his opinion. This is exactly why some of his colleagues despise him and find him so unprofessional. This is nothing new for the host.

Damian Lillard takes on Skip Bayless over ‘Dame Time’ criticism

Damian Lillard

There’s nothing new about athletes calling out Skip Bayless, and Damian Lillard has become the latest to do so.

The Portland Trail Blazers guard reacted after Bayless teased a monologue about how he isn’t buying “Dame Time” as part of his FS1 show “Undisputed.” On the show itself, Bayless proceeded to argue that Lillard isn’t a superstar, and that the Blazers guard too often disappears down the stretch in big games and key moments.

In response, Lillard called Bayless a “clown” and hinted that the FS1 host had backpedaled on his criticisms in a previous private conversation.

Bayless’ penchant for controversial hot takes has made him a target of plenty of athletes before Lillard. Honestly, that’s probably just how Bayless likes it.

Lillard, meanwhile, has been taking on all comers lately in terms of the off-court trash talk. After a 51-point game and potentially season-saving performance Sunday, he has certainly earned the right to fire back at Bayless, who didn’t even acknowledge that performance.

Report: Skip Bayless could return to ESPN when contract expires next year

Skip Bayless

ESPN recently gave Stephen A. Smith a massive contract extension, and the network may be willing to shell out another huge sum of money to bring back his most worthy on-air adversary.

Skip Bayless could potentially return to ESPN when his contract with FOX Sports expires next year, Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports. Bayless and Smith are interested in the idea of reuniting on “First Take,” which is where both gained most of the popularity that has placed them among the highest-paid on-air personalities in the industry. One source told McCarthy that they “both want to make it happen,” but it’s unclear if ESPN will be willing to pay more than FOX to bring Bayless back.

Bayless signed a four-year, $25 million contract with FOX in 2016, and the deal is set to expire in 2020. He has teamed with former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe at FOX Sports 1 for “Undisputed,” which follows the same format as “First Take.” According to McCarthy, the FS1 show averages 150,000 to 180,000 viewers per day in its weekday morning slot. Those numbers are dwarfed by “First Take,” which averages 400,000 to 500,000 viewers per day since it moved from ESPN2 to ESPN.

Smith and Bayless have maintained a close relationship even while working at rival networks, and they are said to believe that their on-air chemistry is unique. If Bayless does return, he would likely replace Max Kellerman and immediately return as Smith’s cohost, or ESPN could try to incorporate all three.

It’s fair to wonder how much ESPN would be willing to pay Bayless when you hear the reported details of Smith’s new extension, but there’s no question pairing Smith and Bayless together again could boost ratings and dominate the market.

Giannis Antetokounmpo thanks Skip Bayless for motivating him with tweet

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The balance of power has shifted in the Eastern Conference now that LeBron James has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Giannis Antetokounmpo seems to think it has shifted in his favor. With Skip Bayless apparently overlooking Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks star is even more excited to get back to work next season.

After LeBron announced his decision on Sunday, Bayless tweeted that Joel Embiid is now the best player in the East. Giannis clearly thinks that honor should go to him.

The debate is obviously a matter of opinion, and some would make the case for Anthony Davis or a healthy Kyrie Irving as the new best player in the East. Giannis is easily part of the discussion, and the fact that he is just 23 should terrify the rest of the league.

Most people think the Boston Celtics should run away with the East next year now that LeBron is out of the conference, but Giannis is hoping to have something to say about that. If things don’t work out for “The Greek Freak” in Milwaukee, one Western Conference team may already be formulating a plan to pull him out of the East, too.

DeMar DeRozan blasts ‘clown’ Skip Bayless for insensitive Hayward tweet

DeMar DeRozan

Just as he has done the past several years, Skip Bayless used any excuse possible to slight LeBron James. Only this time he picked an awful time to do so.

Shortly after the Boston Celtics announced that newest member Gordon Hayward had suffered a fractured ankle in his season debut, Bayless used the injury as a way to troll LeBron.

The FS1 personality using any and every opportunity — including a horrific injury — to slight James did not sit well with many.

One who stood up the loudest to it was Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan, who blasted the “clown.”

“You’re a clown for that tweet after a man gets hurt with a potential career ending injury! S— bigger then basketball!” DeRozan tweeted in response to Bayless (profanity edited).

Bayless is probably pleased that his tweet went viral. Now we just need another response from Scott Van Pelt.

Rams punter Johnny Hekker roasts Skip Bayless after kicker criticism

Johnny Hekker

Los Angeles Rams punter Johnny Hekker put FS1 personality Skip Bayless in place after the troll criticized kickers on Thursday night.

Bayless tweeted while watching the Bucs-Patriots game that “it is inconceivable” that kickers determine the outcome of NFL games. That’s a sentiment with which I agree, but Bayless took a low blow by calling kickers the “little guys.”

That didn’t sit well with the three-time All-Pro punter, who got personal with Bayless over the TV personality’s athletic history.

The personal attack from Hekker may have come across as strong, but then again when you have a troll attacking your entire profession, it’s hard not to come out swinging. Then again, Bayless should be used to being on the receiving end of this from a punter.