Fox Sports commentator Skip Bayless comes under fire from his own network after criticizing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for speaking publicly about a recent battle with depression.
"In my humble opinion, you just can't go public with it," commentator Skip Bayless said on his show on Thursday. "Undisputed." "We've all been through COVID, some kind of depression, haven't we?"
Previously, Prescott spoke to reporters about helping with depression following his brother's suicide in April.
Hours after FOX Sports radio host Skip Bayless suggested that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott showed signs of weakness by talking about depression following his brother's suicide, NBC 5's Newy Scruggs said it might be at the Time to stop listening to the commentator.
"When you have thoughts that you've never had before, I think this, more than anything, is your chance to know and know and be vulnerable," said Prescott.
He also spoke about his own feelings of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.
"I like to inspire. I like to put smiles on people's faces," he said. "If that's just being taken away from you because you're forced to be quarantined and not be with people as often as you want, it's difficult."
Bayless said Prescott shouldn't speak publicly about such a private issue.
"I don't understand why he's going public. I got depressed, I suffered from depression," said Bayless. "I will ask our audience to feel free and judge me if you choose to be as cold-blooded as insensitive on this matter."
After Bayless 'comments were blown on Twitter, Fox issued a statement praising the quarterback and condemning Bayless' comments as "insensitive".
"At Fox Sports, we are proud of Dak Prescott for publicly revealing his fight against depression and mental health," the network said. "We raised the importance of this matter with Skip and how his insensitive comments were received by internal Fox Sports staff and our audience."
Bayless addressed the backlash to his comments during his "undisputed" radio show on Friday morning, but did not apologize for his comments, saying instead that they had been "misinterpreted by many."
"I want to reiterate some of the points I made on the show yesterday about Dak Prescott and the depression he was discussing. As I said emphatically, I have great compassion for anyone with clinical depression, which is very real. If If you suffer from any form of depression, please seek help, "said Bayless. "And this is the last point I was told that was misinterpreted by many. The only Dak depression I addressed on yesterday's show was an interview he recorded with Graham Bensinger. Dak said the depression came shortly after the pandemic outbreak earlier this year. Quarantine I said yesterday if Dak needed help with pandemic depression he should have sought advice, and again if you had any form of depression please seek help. "
Melissa Caldwell Engle, a licensed professional advisor in Collin County, said Prescott's comments could help others.
"If more and more people could talk about what's going on to de-stigmatize mental health, that's the best that can happen," said Engle.
In the midst of COVID-19, more people are currently experiencing mental health problems than at any point in their 30-year career, Engle said.
"Mental health is a big problem and a real thing in our world right now," said Prescott.
If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide please call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, write TALK at 741741, or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources, to get more resources.