Fox Sports condemns Bayless' criticism of Cowboys' Prescott speaking about depression

Fox Sports condemns Bayless' criticism of Cowboys' Prescott speaking about depression

Prescott bared that he sought professional advice from New York Yankees psychologist Chad Bohling, who is said to be close to the Cowboys during Jason Garrett's tenure as coach.

TW: mental illness and suicide. Quarterback Dak Prescott opened up to the world during an interview with journalist Graham Bensinger, revealing that he battled depression this offseason. The fifth-year superstar said he sought help because he felt overwhelmed trying to deal with everything on his plate. "And as much as you want to ask why as much as this, I mean, I know my brother, and as we said, he had a lot of burdens on him". "Anxiety for the main one. I like to put a smile on people's faces, day in and day out, and I like to lead", Prescott said. The two-time Pro Bowler is playing this season on the $31 million franchise tag.

"I didn't want to work out anymore", he said. "I didn't know necessarily what I was going through, to say the least, and hadn't been sleeping at all", he explained.

The added grief of losing his brother, Jace, made for one of the most gruelling offseasons imaginable.

"As we said, he had a lot of burdens on him", Prescott said.

"I think being open about it and not holding those feelings in was one of the better things for me".

Prescott acknowledged the cause of Jace Prescott's death for the first time in a recent TV interview set to air this weekend.

Bayless - on Thursday, which was World Suicide Prevention Day, no less - opined on Undisputed (see video above), "When it comes to the quarterback of a National Football League team... it's the ultimate leadership position in sports...."

"He's the quarterback of America's Team, and ... this sport that you play, it is dog-eat-dog", Bayless continued. "If you reveal publicly any little weakness, it can affect your team's ability to believe in you in the toughest spots and it can definitely encourage others on the other side to come after you".

During his media availability Thursday, Prescott was adamant that Bayless was wrong, and that "being a leader is about being genuine and being real". "I think it's huge to talk, I think it's huge to get help and it saves lives". Bayless' controversial take was blasted by many both in and out of the sports world, including the likes of Kevin Love, Rex Chapman and Mina Kimes, among others. Bayless said on "Undisputed," the Fox Sports show that he hosts with Shannon Sharpe.

Bayless, a pundit who has built a reputation of being controversial with his comments, perhaps touched a new low with these remarks about the Cowboys quarterback when he said an athlete of such reputation should not be making his depression public.

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