Skip Bayless found himself at the center of controversy on Thursday when the Fox Sports personality made controversial comments regarding Dallas Cowboys' QB Dak Prescott's mental health.
“I have deep compassion for clinical depression, but when it comes to the quarterback of an NFL team…it’s the ultimate leadership position in sports," Bayless said. “Because of all that, I don’t have sympathy for him going public with ‘I got depressed.'"
Recently, Prescott opened up about his battle with depression following the suicide of his brother, Jace, and the harsh reality of the coronavirus pandemic. Bayless' controversial take was blasted by many both in and out of the sports world, including the likes of Kevin Love, Rex Chapman and Mina Kimes, among others.
On Friday, Bayless was given the floor on his show 'The Undisputed' to apologize for his rough and insensitive stance on Prescott's well-being. However, rather than apologizing, Bayless chose to clarify why he meant instead, saying his comments were "misconstrued by many."
"I want to reiterate some points I made yesterday on the show about Dak Prescott and the depression he discussed," Bayless said. "As I strongly stated, I have great compassion for anyone suffering from clinical depression, which is very real. If you are suffering from any form of depression, please seek help."
Then, he continued.
"This is the final point, one that I was told was misconstrued by many: the only Dak depression that I addressed on yesterday's show was from an interview he taped with Graham Bensinger," Bayless said. "Dak said that depression hit 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. And again, if you are suffering from any form of depression, please seek help."