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Skip Bayless Blasted By Colleagues For Criticism Of Dak Prescott

“It didn’t matter their network. It didn’t matter their platform. None of them sided with Bayless.”

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There’s never a good time to belittle someone’s struggle with depression. Thursday was World Suicide Prevention Day. Skip Bayless could not have picked a worse time to call Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott weak for talking about his struggles.

Prescott was in tears on a recent episode of the syndicated In Depth with Graham Bensinger as he discussed his brother’s suicide. It happened in April. Prescott said the combination of losing his brother and the shift in the world as a result of the early days of the Covid-19 Pandemic in America made it hard for him to live his normal life.

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It was not a good enough explanation for Skip Bayless. The Undisputed co-host said that it is hard to be a quarterback in the NFL. He called it the single most important leadership position in sports. That is the reason he doesn’t have sympathy for Dak Prescott and he implied that Prescott’s coaches and teammates wouldn’t either.

“You know and I know, this sport that you play, it is dog eat dog,” Bayless said to co-host Shannon Sharpe. “It is no compassion. No quarter given on the football field. If you reveal publicly any little weakness, it can effect your team’s ability to believe in you in the toughest spot.”

Bayless, who is no stranger to the label “hot take artist” was roundly condemned by his colleagues in the sports media. It didn’t matter their network. It didn’t matter their platform. None of them sided with Bayless.

One person that held off on condemnation for Bayless was ESPN’s Bomani Jones. Instead of rage, Jones said Bayless’s reaction to Dak Prescott’s struggle with depression made him feel empathy for the FS1 personality.

Skip Bayless has been largely silent on social media. So have his co-hosts Shannon Sharpe and Jenny Taft. No videos of the exchange appear on the Undisputed Twitter feed.

FOX issued a statement praising Dak Prescott for his honesty. The network also said “We do not agree with Skip Bayless’s opinion on Undisputed this morning. We have addressed the significance of this matter with Skip and how his insensitive comments were received internally at FOX and [by] our audience.”

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Kathryn Tappen Joining NBC’s Big Ten Coverage

“Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.”

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NBC has tabbed Kathryn Tappen as its sideline reporter for the network’s upcoming coverage of Big Ten football, according to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.

According to Marchand, Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.

Tappen has hosted Notre Dame football’s studio coverage and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final. She also worked as NBC’s lead interviewer for its coverage of the PGA Tour, but left that broadcast team at the end of 2022 as part of the network’s larger shakeup of its golf coverage.

The appointment of Kathryn Tappen conceivably concludes the Big Ten on NBC broadcast crew. Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge are expected to pair as the network’s play-by-play announcer and color analyst, respectively. NBC has yet to officially unveil its coverage plans for the 2023 college football season.

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Peter King: Sean McVay Wants to be a Star, ‘Not Just Some Guy on TV’

“I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

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L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay will remain at his post for the 2023-24 season. The team tweeted that news Friday afternoon, seeming to, at least for now, put the rumors of McVay leaving coaching for a TV job to rest.

ProFootballTalk’s Peter King wrote in Football Morning in America on Monday that McVay understands the kind of position on television he’s looking for may not necessarily be there for him.

“I don’t think that was the only thing about TV that appealed to him, but I don’t think McVay was interested in being Just a Guy on TV,” King wrote. “I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

King noted that McVay has been told to “Do what makes you happy” by folks with the Rams. He also said he believes coaching is what Makes McVay happy. Especially with a chance to shake up his coaching staff and being involved in trying to bring the team back from a 5-12 season in their follow-up campaign to winning the Super Bowl.

“He wants to be challenged, and this staff wasn’t doing it,” King said. “Offensive coordinator Liam Coen may not have been what McVay wanted in an OC—a coach who would challenge him and bring new ideas to him—and that could be why he’s going back to the University of Kentucky as a coordinator.”

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Lisa Salters Makes Monday Night Football History Completing 11th Season on Sideline

“Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.”

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Monday night’s Cowboys/Bucs wild card playoff game set a new milestone for ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

The network tweeted that Salters completed her 11th season in that role. That makes her the longest tenured reporter in Monday Night Football history.

Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.

“When I first got the call to do Monday Night Football, I would have never thought that 10 years later I would still be doing it,” Salters said last year in a video reminiscing on ten years on Monday Night Football. “I was at home and I got a phone call from my boss Vince Doria and he said, ‘Hey, I was wondering if you would be interested in being a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football‘, and I couldn’t believe what he just asked me.”

Salters is also featured on network coverage of the NBA, something she’s been doing since 2005.

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