We’ve officially entered the post-Skip Bayless era at ESPN — his last day was Tuesday. I just checked the conference room where they had his going-away party, and apparently no one showed up. I took home an entire cake.
According to ESPN radio’s Ryen Russillo, nobody at ESPN liked Skip, and they’re all glad he’s gone. The ego was the big problem, said Russillo. NY Post:
“The problem is when you disagree with Skip, you’re not allowed to,” Russillo said on his show, co-hosted by former Giants quarterback Danny Kanell. “Then he gets mad at you about it. So, like, nobody wants to deal with it.”
Russillo actually called out Bayless on driving an opinion into the ground just because to get attention. Prime examples were his love for Tim Tebow and his hate for LeBron James — both ludicrous positions that were made more and more ridiculous each time Bayless doubled down on them. (See evidence below). Post:
“That’s why when the LeBron stuff comes up, if you’re going to be so clearly doctoring the results to keep pushing that you don’t like LeBron or you don’t think he’s any good, then go ahead and keep doing it because it’s clearly great for business,” Russillo said. “But you can’t get mad at other opinion people for being like, ‘Well, that’s just insane and I don’t even know if you believe it.’”
Respected ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt took his shot at Bayless on Sunday night, referencing his LeBron bashing by saying: “It is time to find a new axe to grind if you have made your living ripping him. Find a new act.”
Bayless turned down a reported $4 million contract at ESPN to sign a $5.5 million deal with Fox Sports. So don’t forget, ESPN wanted the guy back. That’s pretty lame.
Well, not everyone hated Skip.
— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) June 21, 2016
The seven dumbest Skip Bayless tweets (now with new dumbness):