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Immediately after Buffalo Bills security Damar Hamlin sustained a horrific injury that resulted in an ambulance being driven into midfield at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, Skip Bayless decided it was time to take care of himself. The FS1 talk show host thought it best on a tweet that included: “This late in the season, a game of this magnitude is critical to the outcome of the regular season.” And it was barely half an hour after Hamlin was on the field had collapsed. And a half-hour before the NFL officially suspended play for the evening.
Bayless has had his fair share of awful, unmusical takes over the years, not to mention plenty of outlandish commentary, including a recent one in which co-host Shannon Sharpe showed great reluctance by not doing it jump over the table and hit him. This could be among the worst when someone’s life is literally at stake. The NFL’s latest update says Hamlin, 24, is in critical condition. A Cincinnati news anchor said Hamlin was intubated at the hospital.
Compare Bayless’ approach to ESPN trio Suzy Kolber, Booger McFarland and Adam Schefter. They stayed away from speculation and over-analysis of the angle of Hamlin’s impact on the turf. Kolber, who anchored the impromptu studio reporting, empathized with the Bills and explained the only correct take on the situation, as football isn’t important until we all know Hamlin’s condition. McFarland, who has played nine seasons in the NFL, gave a great perspective from a former player. He perfectly described the emotions of someone who took part in the trenches. Schefter wasn’t perfect with his tweets at times, but he did well when it really mattered. And Bayless couldn’t even have that level of human decency.
Of course, after the setback, he tried to get it back:
Death, taxes and Skip Bayless with a tacky tweet.