Jerry Jones sticks up for Dak Prescott amid Skip Bayless controversary
Amid the Skip Bayless controversy, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took the side of his quarterback.
Bayless has been on the wrong end of criticism for his recent comments about Prescott. After the team’s quarterback revealed he has battled depression this year, Bayless took it upon himself to question Prescott’s ability as a leader as he deals with mental illness.
Current and former players, media outlets, and fans have blasted Bayless online. Jones was the latest member of Team Prescott to stick up for him.
“Dak’s willingness to be transparent and share his difficult times and share it with such stature and class — it just, you always go back to that word ‘leadership,’” Jones said during an interview on 105.3 The Fan.
Jerry Jones on @1053thefan on Dak Prescott’s revelations about experiencing depression: “Dak's willingness to be transparent and share his difficult times and share it with such stature and class — it just, you always go back to that word 'leadership.'”
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) September 11, 2020
Prescott heard the comments and responded later in the afternoon. Prescott stated that he does not want to hide from his mental health.
“No, I think that’s a fake leader. Being a leader is about being genuine and being real,” Dak said via Cowboys reporter Jori Epstein of USA Today.
Past teammates have also rushed to his aid, including former Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant did not hold his tongue.
“I get on twitter to laugh, joke & spit real life s–t with people but I’m being very clear with you skip bayless… F–K YOU….I pray you never have to face mental illness or anything close to what people face when they have mental health concerns.. you’ll fold like a b—h,” wrote Bryant on Twitter.
Having the courage to admit this takes bravery, which is a perfect trait for leadership. There’s no doubt that the majority of support is for Prescott right now.