Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Fox Sports signs Skip Bayless. Troy Aikman is not amused.

Fox Sports signs Skip Bayless. Troy Aikman is not amused.

Contrary to popular myth, Bayless never stated that Aikman was gay. He simply summarized the details of the then-current controversy.

"I didn’t spend much time pondering the Aikman rumor until October of 1995, when several members of the Switzer camp told me about new 'incidents.' They said the team had been informed 'by the police' that Aikman 'had been in some places he shouldn’t have been.'"

As The Ringer blog pointed out:

"This is the first thing recent references to the Bayless-Aikman feud omit: that the rumor, as least as presented in Hell-Bent, was being circulated by the comrades of Aikman’s own head coach. After hearing the rumor, Bayless talked to Aikman’s agent Leigh Steinberg, a Dallas police source, a team source, and Aikman’s sportscaster pal Dale Hansen. They all said there was no evidence Aikman was gay."

As you may remember, the guy referred to as "Aikman's own head coach," namely Barry Switzer, was kind of a jerkoff. OK, he was a total jagweasel, even though he won a Super Bowl and an NCAA championship. One cannot automatically assume that he would use his minions to circulate a slanderous comment about his own QB, but neither can one rule it out.

If I had been in Bayless's shoes, I would have done the research first, then would have stayed mum about the entire topic if there appeared to be no basis for the rumor, rather than saying "People say he's gay, but that seems false." That's an irresponsible way to present the story, because many people will infer that he is gay because of the very mention of it. The story denying the privately circulated rumor becomes, in effect, a new rumor, and this time heard by a much wider circle. I'm not sure what I would have done in 1996 if the rumor proved true, but if it happened today and I were a sports journalist, I still wouldn't print it, because it's a private matter, has no bearing on field performance, has no humor value, and breaks no laws.

2 comments:

  1. "If I had been in Bayless's shoes, I would have done the research first, then would have stayed mum about the entire topic if there appeared to be no basis for the rumor, rather than saying "People say he's gay, but that seems false."

    Sure, but that doesn't sell books, does it? Bayless is a coward who was engaging in the BS practice of "just asking the question," which is what one does when one doesn't have the courage to make the accusation, but would still like to profit from the sales/clicks, etc.

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  2. Noone in sports broadcasting is more about schtick than Bayless. He's useless, and the way he goes about his business, freely talking people down, lying (remember when Jalen Rose called him out on his bs high school sports background), and doing all he can to make people's lives miserable.

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