- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 10, 2020

Fox Sports commentator Skip Bayless is facing a severe amount of backlash after he criticized Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for admitting he had depression in wake of his brother’s suicide.

Prescott made the revelation recently in an interview with Graham Bensinger. In March, Jace Prescott died by suicide at age 31. The quarterback said the death, along with the isolation of the coronavirus pandemic, left him depressed — leading him to seek therapy. Prescott encouraged others to take their mental health seriously.

Prescott said Thursday that he sought help from his family and the Cowboys

On Thursday, Bayless said that he felt no sympathy for the quarterback.

“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, am I right about that?” Bayless said on “Undisputed,” the Fox Sports show that he hosts with Shannon Sharpe. “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.

“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.”

Fox Sports said Thursday that Prescott showed courage in revealing his struggles and does not agree with Bayless.

“We do not agree with Skip Bayless’ opinion on Undisputed this morning. We have addressed the significance of this matter with Skip and how his insensitive comments were received by people internally at Fox Sports and our audience,” the statement said.

Bayless‘ comments led to heavy criticism on social media:

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