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.
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.
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.
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).
Mental illness was a huge part of why I didn’t want to play football after my release from Dallas and due to the social issues and injustices happening. I turned down opportunities and money because my health, stability and mental healthy were far more important.
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.
@Dak Thank you for opening up on your past mental health issues. That’s being a real leader. Mental health issues is a real problem than some men don’t take serious. Don’t let @RealSkipBayless stop you all from speaking up.
Shame on @RealSkipBayless. Are you kidding me? This is why we have a stigma against mental health, suicide, and depression.@dak being vulnerable is showing unbelievable strength and leadership. He’s impacting so many lives. Dak’s a true leader for speaking about his real emotions
I’ve had to the opportunity to work with @RealSkipBayless last year and off the Camera he was really cool and down to earth…but he has LOST all my respect with that HORRIBLE DISRESPECTFUL Take about Dak Prescott!!! SMH
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.
I have never been buying nothing about you fam. You a joke. And after our private convo full of back pedaling you will never have my respect https://t.co/do0yxFgUju
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.
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.
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.
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.”
It is inconceivable to me that NFL games are won and often lost by little guys who don't play football: kickers. Insane. Wrong. Sad.
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.