Back in April, Dak Prescott’s brother, Jace, died by suicide at the age of 31. And in a recent interview with Graham Bensinger, the Cowboys quarterback opened up about his brother’s death and how Dak has battled depression over the past few months.
Just as other prominent athletes — like Kevin Love and Michael Phelps — have made the important decision to speak out about mental health and depression, Prescott deserved to be commended for his willingness to show vulnerability and address issues that face millions of people daily.
Fox Sports personality Skip Bayless, however, saw it otherwise.
In Thursday’s edition of Undisputed, Bayless criticized Prescott for admitting that he battled depression, raising a ridiculous concern that doing so showed a lack of leadership.
What it really showed, though, was a complete lack of empathy from Bayless. He said:
“I’m going to ask our audience to go ahead and 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 the quarterback of an NFL team, you know this better than I do, it’s the ultimate leadership position in sports. You are commanding an entire franchise. … But you’re commanding a lot of young men and some older men. And they’re all looking to you to be their CEO, to be in charge of the football team. 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 where I couldn’t even go workout.’ Look, he’s the quarterback of America’s Team.”
Bayless asked his audience to condemn him for what he was about to say, and, well, the audience obliged.
Bayless has basically made a career out of broadcasting his terrible opinions to the point that people tune in to watch him, but what he said there was as insensitive a remark as he’s ever made.
Prescott is human. He faces human struggles. Dismissing that struggle shows how Bayless sees athletes as mere props for his entertainment and discussion.
He was rightfully called out for it.