SportsPulse: Jori Epstein spoke with Cowboys stars Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott to discuss what it means to them to play soccer amid the pandemic. Their responses did not disappoint.
Speaking to Fox Sports’ “Undisputed,” Bayless questioned Prescott’s ability to be a team leader after unveiling his battle with depression following the death of his brother in April.
“At FOX Sports, we are proud of Dak Prescott for publicly disclosing her struggle with depression and mental health. Regardless of the cause of the fight, FOX Sports believes Dak has displayed tremendous courage, which is evident in both his leadership in the Dallas Cowboys and his off-court character, ”the network said in a statement.
“We disagree with Skip Bayless’ opinion on Undisputed this morning. We addressed the significance of this matter with Skip and how his callous comments have been received by the people inside FOX Sports and our audience.”
Prescott confirmed in a recent interview with Graham Bensinger that he experienced symptoms of depression during the off-season.
“You’re commanding an entire franchise,” Bayless said. “They are all trying to get you to be their CEO, to lead the football team. For all of this, I have no sympathy for him who went public with ‘I got depressed. I suffered from depression at the beginning of COVID to the point I couldn’t even go to train in. “Look, he’s America’s Team quarterback.”
Jace Prescott, the quarterback’s older brother, played soccer at Northeastern State in Louisiana from 2008 to 2010. He was found dead on April 24 in Orange, Texas.
DAK PRESCOTT: Cowboys QB on why he opened up to depression, brother’s suicide
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and head coach Mike McCarthy train in Frisco, Texas. (Photo: Brandon Wade, AP)
In an interview for an upcoming episode of “In Depth with Graham Bensinger,” Prescott confirmed that his brother committed suicide.
“Throughout this quarantine and this low season, I started feeling emotions that I had never felt before”, he told Bensinger. “Anxiety for the main one. And then, honestly, a couple of days before my brother died, I’d say I started suffering from depression. I didn’t necessarily know what I was going through, to say the least, and I hadn’t slept at all. “
While he didn’t address Bayless’s comments directly, Prescott told rehearsals Thursday that good leaders don’t always have to look tough.
“I think he’s a false leader,” Prescott said. “Being a leader means being genuine and real. Like I said, if I hadn’t talked about those things to the people I’ve done, I wouldn’t have realized that my friends and a lot more people face them. And that they are as common as they are …
“I don’t care how big a person is – if you’re not mentally healthy and you’re not thinking right, then you won’t be able to lead people the right way.”
The reaction on social media to Bayless’s remarks has been decidedly negative.
Several high-profile professional athletes, such as Michael Phelps and Kevin Love, have recently come forward to discuss their battles with depression.
Contributing: Jori Epstein
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