Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and his brother Tad are responding to Fox Sports commentator Skip Bayless after comments he made in response to the two revealing their emotional struggle after the April sucide death of their brother, Jace.
In part because of that huge pay raise (he made $2 million in the past year of his rookie deal), Prescott is quick to say he knows many others were struggling with similar emotions in the pandemic. Reactions on social media swarmed in as many notable sports personalities defended Prescott and blasted Bayless. "Before I even lead, I have to make sure my mind is in the right place to do that and lead people to where they want to be".
"As I strongly stated [Thursday], I have great compassion for anyone suffering clinical depression, which is very real", Bayless said.
It started when the Prescott brothers appeared on In Depth with Graham Bensinger, to talk about the pain their family has felt and how their brother's death has affected them. Dak said that depression happened soon after the pandemic hit.... "I said yesterday, if Dak needed help for pandemic depression, he should have sought counseling then".
In the interview, Dak shared that his brother died by suicide in April, and that he had a hard time being their mother's primary caretaker as she battled colon cancer.
When asked by a reporter if he ever thought he should hide his feelings, Prescott told reporters Thursday that would be the actions of a "fake leader". Was able to have those conversations and then reach out further just to more people. "I think it's huge to get help - and it saves lives".
That wasn't good enough for Bayless, who said that Prescott should have kept his struggles private or shared with only a limited group of people because of his role as an National Football League starting quarterback. You know and I know, this sport that you play, it is dog eat dog. Bayless said on "Undisputed" on Thursday. "You are commanding an entire franchise ..."
Bayless said on his "Undisputed" show Thursday "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"'.
With the Coronavirus pandemic messing up his mental state just like most of the world population, Prescott admitted how he had to seek help to address his depression and anxiety, which was made worse by the passing of his older brother, Jace. No matter the cause of the struggles, 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.