Over the past few days, the sports world has collectively been shocked by the scary health incident that took place with Damar Hamlin in an NFL contest between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals. Hamlin was hit hard in his chest on a play early in the game before standing up for a few seconds afterward, only to collapse back to the ground after suffering cardiac arrest, according to the Bills. Many folks have chimed in, wishing Hamlin well and praying that he will ultimately survive the incident.
Bayless may have gotten himself into trouble that Barnes cannot save him from
One person who obviously spoke up about the incident was Skip Bayless. Bayless often has some awful takes, but his tweet where he wondered how the NFL could possibly postpone the game between the Bills and Bengals due to Hamlin's cardiac arrest has drawn tons of backlash from fans and athletes alike.
Bayless issued an apology (sort of) the following day, but he doesn't seem to understand how dire Hamlin's situation is, and it may be an incident from which Bayless cannot recover from. This isn't the first time Bayless has come under fire for his poor commentary, but it may be the first time where former NBA player Matt Barnes cannot save Bayless from himself. Barnes' revealed that he has stepped in to protect Bayless on a pair of occasions over the past year, which is an interesting revelation given the situation Bayless now finds himself in.
"I know personally, personally, that I've had to diffuse two situations: one with a coach and another with a NBA player that wanted to f*** Skip up. One was this year and one last year. Personally I had to reach out to Unc. Luckily cooler heads prevail." - Matt Barnes
Matt Barnes likely won't be able to save Skip Bayless this time around
It's not surprising to see that there have been multiple folks in the sports world that have wanted to fight or attack Bayless, as he can have some wildly critical takes. But Barnes reveals that he would get "Unc", which is a nickname for Shannon Sharpe, Bayless' co-host on Undisputed, to help resolve the issue with him. That doesn't seem likely to happen this time around.
Sharpe himself didn't show up to work on Tuesday, forcing Bayless to host the show on his own just hours after he fired off his wildly controversial tweet. Sharpe was back in action on Wednesday, but there were some very tense exchanges between himself and Bayless, and it doesn't exactly seem like the two are on good terms at the moment.
Bayless has gotten himself into hot water here, and it's interesting to hear that Barnes was the one who had to step in on a couple of different occasions to save Bayless from the things he said. Given the seriousness of Hamlin's health and the lack of awareness Bayless showed with his tweet, this may be too much to overcome, and many fans likely won't forget that he prioritized the NFL season over the health and safety of a human who was, and still is, fighting for his life.