Former defensive end Michael Strahan appeared to take an indirect dig at fellow Fox commentator Skip Bayless over his controversial Damar Hamlin tweet.
Bayless appeared to question the NFL’s decision to postpone Monday’s Bills-Bengals game in a tweet after Buffalo safety Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest on the field.
Bayless was slammed by critics over the post, which he apologized for during Tuesday’s episode of FS1’s ‘Undisputed’ but refused to delete it.
Michael Strahan (L) appeared to take an indirect dig at Fox commentator Skip Bayless (R)
Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest during the first quarter of the Bills-Bengals game
On Fox’s NFL Sunday coverage before the Bills’ first game since the traumatic incident, Michael Strahan appeared to indirectly call out Bayless when he and co-hosts discussed Hamlin by claiming someone at the network had done ‘inhumane’ things.
He insisted that sensible people like him and the rest of the panel understand the impact words could have on Hamlin and his family during the traumatizing events.
‘You spoke about humanity… but there were things done here, by someone here at this network, that were inhumane,’ Strahan began.
‘Sensible people and sensible human beings have a heart and they understand that your words and what you say really have an impact on that young man’s family. All the attention should be on that young man and his recovery.
‘For sensible people like us here to say it didn’t affect anybody at [Fox], and nobody at [Fox] minded, that’s a lie. Obviously didn’t talk to us. Because it matters to us. And it matters to any sensible human being that this young man’s life was bigger than any football game.’
Bayless’s offending tweet came as Hamlin was being resuscitated on the Paycor Stadium turf on Monday night.
‘No doubt the NFL is considering postponing the rest of this game – but how?’ Bayless asked in his tweet. ‘This late in the season, a game of this magnitude is crucial to the regular-season outcome… which suddenly seems so irrelevant.’
Bayless’ offending tweet came as Hamlin was being resuscitated on the turf on Monday night
Hamlin collapse after landing a tackle on Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85)
Buffalo Bills players were visibly upset and stunned as the safety was tended to on the field
The NFL confirmed the game would not be resumed and Hamlin remains hospitalized in Cincinnati but is showing positive signs of progress and is now breathing without a tube.
Bayless hosted ‘Undisputed’ without co-host Shannon Sharpe Tuesday, the day after his insensitive tweet and Hamlin’s collapse.
But when Sharpe, a former tight end, returned Wednesday the pair sparked an on-air spat over the post.
Sharpe couldn’t get through his monologue without being interrupted by the surly Bayless.
‘Skip tweeted something, and although I disagreed with the tweet, and hopefully Skip will take it down,’ Sharpe said before Bayless interjected.
‘Timeout,’ Bayless said Wednesday. ‘I’m not going to take it down, because I stand by what I tweeted.’
Bayless became embroiled in an on-air spat with co-host Shannon Sharpe over his tweet
After a moment of agitated crosstalk between the two, Sharpe tried to refocus the conversation by referencing Tuesday’s absence, and reiterating his concern for Hamlin.
‘I was just gonna say, Skip, I didn’t want, yesterday, to get into a situation where Damar Hamlin was the issue,’ Sharpe continued. ‘We should be talking about him, and not get into your tweet.
‘That’s what I was gonna do. But you can’t even let me finish my opening monologue without you interrupting.’
Bayless was apparently unaware that Sharpe would address the issue on Wednesday.
‘I was under the impression you weren’t going to bring this up, because nobody here had a problem with that tweet,’ Bayless said.
‘Clearly the bosses wanted you to offer explanation,’ Sharpe said.
Bayless calmly responded: ‘No, they didn’t.’
Both Bayless and Sharpe appeared to be agitated as the segment came to an end, but refrained from raising their voices again.
SHARPE-BAYLESS ON-AIR BLOWUP
SHARPE: There’s been a lot of speculation on why I wasn’t on air yesterday, and I won’t get into speculation, conjecture, inuendo, but I will say this: Watching that game on Monday night, what happened to Damar Hamlin struck me a little different.
As the brotherhood of the NFL, when injuries happen – and we know injuries are part of the game, I’ve seen guys suffer for ACLs and achilles tear – but I’ve never had to see anybody have to be revived and fight for their life on the field, so it struck me a little differently, because I remember seeing my brother [former Packers receiver Sterling Sharpe] paralyzed on the field, temporarily, and he was able to regain focus.
Skip tweeted something, and although I disagreed with the tweet, and hopefully Skip will take it down…
BAYLESS: Timeout. I’m not going to take it down, because I stand by what I tweeted.
SHARPE: Skip, let me finish.
BAYLESS: No, you go.
SHARPE: … I can’t even get through a monologue without you interrupting me.
SHARPE: I was just gonna say, Skip, I didn’t want, yesterday, to get into a situation where Damar Hamlin was the issue. We should be talking about him, and not get into your tweet.
That’s what I was gonna do. But you can’t even let me finish my opening monologue without you interrupting.
BAYLESS: I was under the impression you weren’t going to bring this up, because nobody here had a problem with that tweet.
SHARPE: Clearly the bosses wanted you to offer explanation, so clearly…
BAYLESS: No, they didn’t.