Skip Bayless torched for ‘insensitive comments’ regarding Dak Prescott

One day after Dak Prescott opened up about his older brother’s suicide, Fox Sports host Skip Bayless said he had no sympathy for the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, implying his vulnerability hinders his leadership abilities.

“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 Thursday.

“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.”

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On Friday, Fox Sports released a statement condemning Bayless and lauding Prescott’s “tremendous courage”.

“At Fox Sports, we are proud of Dak Prescott for publicly revealing his struggle with depression and mental health. No matter the cause of the struggle, Fox Sports believes Dak showed tremendous courage which is evident in both his leadership on the Dallas Cowboys and in his character off the field,” the statement read.

“We do not agree with Skip Bayless’ opinion 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.”

On Wednesday, Prescott revealed on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger” that his older brother, Jace, took his own life this year and how emotionally draining the experience was. The Cowboys star said he is now imploring others to open up about their struggles, adding “it showed me how vulnerable we have to be as humans.”

“I got the help I needed, and I was very open about it … emotions can overcome you if you don’t do something about it,” Prescott told reporters.

“Mental health is a huge issue and it’s a real thing in our world right now, especially the world we live in where everything is as viral and everyone is part of the media, I guess you can say, and can get on social media and be overcome with emotions or be overcome with the thoughts of other people and allow that to fill into their heads when those things aren’t necessarily true, whether it’s getting likes on Instagram or something being viewed or being bullied or whatever it may be. All of those things can put thoughts into your head about yourself or about your situation in life that aren’t true. I think that it’s huge. I think it’s huge to talk, I think it’s huge to get help and it saves lives.”

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The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Prescott, a two time Pro Bowler, in March worth AU$43 million for the 2020 season. The 27-year-old is coming off a season in which he set career highs in passing yards (4,902) and touchdowns (30).

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GWS Giants torched after ‘embarrassing’ loss to Adelaide Crows, reaction

Believe it or not, the Adelaide Crows are on a winning streak. After going 0-13, the Crows have now reeled off two straight wins.

Proving their win against Hawthorn was no fluke, the Crows took care of business against a lacklustre GWS Giants outfit at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday night.

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The Crows jumped out of the blocks and never looked back as they raced away with the 8.11 (59) to 7.5 (47) victory.

As Crows fans celebrated the win over a team still hoping to make the push for finals, fans watching on couldn’t help but apply the blowtorch onto the Giants.

Still sitting in eighth spot on the ladder, a win would have lifted the Giants into seventh place and only behind the sixth placed St Kilda on percentage. It also would have put them a game clear of the ninth placed Western Bulldogs.

From the opening bounce however it was clear the intensity being brought to the contest by the Giants was severely below that of the Crows.

Things didn’t get any better as the game went on for a team loaded with star talent that many believed would be high in the premiership race.

“This is embarrassing for the Giants. Genuinely embarrassing. Getting brained by the worst side we’ve seen in a while,” journalist Adam Curley wrote.

“If you can’t beat Adelaide you don’t deserve to play finals. It’s as simple as that. The Giants better turn it on over the next quarter and a half. With their talent they should do just that … *should*,” journalist Mark Gottlieb wrote.

“Whether they win or lose this match or not GWS have been woeful this season there is really no excuse for it with all the talent they have,” ABC’s Paul Johnson wrote.

The Crows’ dominance was fuelled by their clearance work around the ground (34-24) with ruckman Reilly O’Brien providing silver service to his midfield brigade.

O’Brien out-tapped his opponent and former teammate Sam Jacobs 43-20 with midfield trio Rory Laird and Matt and Brad Crouch combining for 86 disposals.

Livewire Shane McAdam provided a spark up forward all game long for the Crows in arguably the best game of his young career.

Highlights were few and fair between for the Giants, but Bobby Hill produced some jaw-dropping moments with a boundary line goal in the opening quarter before a mark of the year contender in the third quarter.

The Crows will look to make it three in a row when they go up against Carlton on Sunday afternoon.

GWS face a four-day turnaround before they lace up the boots again in a contest against another finals hopeful in Melbourne on Saturday night.

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Essendon torched after Geelong capitulation ends season

At least death came quickly for Essendon fans.

The Bombers’ 2020 season was put out of its misery in a record first half onslaught by the Cats that left footy commentators furious at the lifeless Bombers.

With their season on the line, the Bombers folded at the first bounce.

The 59-point half time margin is the biggest Essendon has had this season.

They were six goals down before they finally woke up.

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The Cats’ rampage continued Essendon’s woeful first-quarter performances this season.

The Bombers have kicked just seven goals in its last eight first quarter. They haven’t led at quarter time since Round 2.

The carnage continued in the second quarter with the Bombers conceding the highest first half score for the entire season.

A late goal to Bombers forward Jake Stringer made the 12.3 (75) to 2.4 (16) half time score flatter the Bombers.

Cats star Tom Hawkins had three goals at the eight minute mark of the second term.

He finished with four goals, extending his lead in the Coleman Medal leaderboard as the Cats were allowed to cruise to a 17.6 (108) to 5.12 (42) win.

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Hawks legend Dermott Brereton and North Melbourne Great David King were scathing of the Bombers at half time.

“They torched them didn’t they. That was extraordinary,” Brereton told Fox Footy.

“They smell blood in the water, the Cats, and they will just maul them in the second half.

King said: “One team’s building for a premiership and one team is looking for the finish line. That’s what it looks like.

“The oxygen has come out of their bubble. Their energy is gone. They look spent. They look like they’re playing for themselves.”

The misery was summed up by Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’s first quarter brain fart when he tried to hand off to teammate Irving Mosquito instead of take a set shot from 15m out on a slight angle.

His handball went to ground and the Cats went up the other end to kick their first goal. The Bombers never recovered.

“This is just a smartass play,” Brereton said.

“The rest of the team must have been deflated about that.”

Footy commentators stuck the boot into Essendon before half time, slamming the lifeless performance at a time when the club’s season had still been alive.

Bombers great Robert Shaw posted on Twitter the team didn’t even deliver a contest.

“Think it’s time for the one hour walk. Just wish the 5km restricted area was a bit further under the circumstances. They are a classier superior combination as expected but minimum expectations should be the contest,” he wrote on Twitter.

Channel 7’s Nathan Templeton posted: “As a Cats fan I’m enjoying this, and no doubt Geelong is a mature team in top form, but it’s pretty weak from Essendon. Just don’t really know where the Bombers are headed. Baffling club”.

Footy reporter Julian de Stoop wrote: “Not a good day for Victorian based Essendon fans

Former football journalist Rohan Connolly wrote: “Don’t think I’m going to be having my now-weekly debate with Essendon fans today about whether this list is good enough to match it with the best. (Hint: it’s not)”.

The defeat ensures Essendon’s run of not winning a finals match since 2004 will continue for another 12 months.

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