Dak Prescott Sought Treatment For Anxiety, Depression

Grant Boone
September 11, 2020

On Thursday, the Bayless caused a wave of criticism when discussing Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott who recently revealed he's been battling depression.

Bayless has said a lot of stupid things over the years, but "insensitive" is not an accurate enough description of those reprehensible comments - on World Suicide Prevention Day, no less. Instead, Bayless and co-host Shannon Sharpe dived right into breaking down the National Football League season opener between the Chiefs and Texans.

On Wednesday, Prescott went public with his mental health battle - disclosing to interviewer Graham Bensinger, in a syndicated show set to air in full this weekend, that he sought help for anxiety and depression brought on by the pandemic and by the death of his brother - who committed suicide in April.

You can check out Bayless' apology here, where he also advocates for those struggling with mental health to seek help. During a conference call Thursday with reporters, Prescott opened up about his depression.

"When you have thoughts that you've never had, I think that's more so than anything a chance to realise it and recognise it, to be vulnerable about it", Prescott said.

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

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Peggy died in 2013, and Dak said the death of his mother impacted him and his two brothers, Jace and Tad, immensely.

"Jace at the time was finishing with school and was home, was with her, and watched it", Prescott said. "Because of all that, I don't have sympathy for him going public with 'I got depressed, I suffered depression early in COVID to the point that I couldn't even go work out, '" Bayless said. "I think that is important - to be vulnerable, to be genuine and to be transparent".

In part because of that huge pay raise (he made US$2 million in the past year of his rookie deal), Prescott is quick to say he knows many others were struggling with similar emotions in the pandemic.

ESPN's Scott Van Pelt saluted Prescott on Thursday night's "SportsCenter" and said that anyone who can't muster compassion for him isn't "worth your time, or your concern".

"But never too much for a community or never too much for the people and the family that you love".

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