Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott did something this week that would have been unthinkable for an NFL player to do just 20 years ago: He talked openly about his own mental health.
In an interview with Graham Bensinger, Prescott was frank about his own anxiety and depression. He spoke candidly about his mother's battle with cancer, his brother Jace's suicide, and how he's coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
"All throughout this quarantine and this offseason, I started experiencing emotions I’ve never felt before," Prescott told Bensinger. "Anxiety for the main one. And then, honestly, a couple of days before my brother passed, I would say I started experiencing depression."
"I think it's huge to get help," he said. "And it saves lives."
That's one way of looking at it. But for Fox Sports' Skip Bayless, who never played professional sports but is super tough and manly, publicly talking about your emotions and your mental healths means you may not have "the right stuff" to be the leader of "America's team."
[I]f you’re the quarterback of America’s team... you can’t go public with that, even though you say, “This could help a lot of people out there who are truly suffering from a clinically diagnosed depression.”
Just don’t make me question whether you’re made are the right stuff to stand up to that job because that’s a hard job he’s got.
In other words, Bayless thinks helping people who are suffering depression not kill themselves is less important than maybe winning the Cowboys' division. Which is irrelevant, of course, because his entire premise that being open about mental health makes you a weaker football player is utter poppycock.
On today's Kirk Minihane Show, Minihane reviews Bayless' "Undisputed" segment and tries to figure out how an human adult could be so stupid. (Segment starts at 0:10:00 in the podcast.)
"In Skip Bayless' stupid, warped fucking mind -- I mean, I don't want anyone to be sick -- but maybe he's got a giant fucking tumor in his brain that's affecting his thinking," said Minihane. "That's only way I can think somebody would be that fucking stupid."
(Note: This episode was taped before Bayless issued his non-apology apology.)