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Skip Bayless opens up about his difficult childhood – "I was 'raised' by an evil creep of an alcoholic father and a self-absorbed mother”

Not a single human on this earth deserves to be in Bayless' childhood situation.

Regardless of how anyone feels about Fox Sports host Skip Bayless, it's hard to stomach what he had to endure during his childhood. Bayless, who has talked about his father multiple times on air, isn't shy to open up about his brutal and abusive past. His father was an alcoholic who resorted to physical abuse, while his mother never gave him the love every child deserves.

"I was 'raised' by an evil creep of an alcoholic father and a self-absorbed mother who eventually fell to the bottom of the bottle herself," Bayless said in a Facebook essay he published on his 67th birthday. "Not once did either parent ever ask how I was doing in sports or school or tell me they loved me," he once also said on-air.

A problematic household

Before Bayless discovered his passion for sports or any form of escapism, he had to deal with his alcoholic and abusive father, namely John Bayless, daily. Skip paints John as this black-haired, bad-tempered, muscled-up 5-foot-9 180-pound man. According to Skip, he had to do everything he could to stay away from his dad because if he didn't, he would instantly get attacked verbally and physically.

"When he got mad, which was often, he hit me in the face with his open right hand, always making sure he caught me in the cheek or lip or eye with his wedding ring, which would leave a bruise or welt or a little taste of blood. Freud would've had a field day with that. I put up with this until I was maybe 14, when one night I told him if he ever hit me again, I was going to hit back. He knew I meant it. I was big for my age. That was the end of the wedding-ring wounds. He was nothing but a coward of a bully," Bayless said

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Bayless also added that every week, he'd find a way to spend the weekend at his friend's house just because he wanted to avoid his father. The worst part? His mother never defended him, nor did she try to look for Skip when he was out of the house. Skip, and his younger brother Rick Bayless also didn't have a strong relationship because they never really got along in their household.

A reflection on Skip

Studies have proven that a person's upbringing or childhood experience impacts their personality as they age. If you connect the dots, it makes sense why Bayless comes off as this ruthless analyst who bullies athletes to an extreme level. No, this isn't, by all means, an excuse for the 70-year-old sports journalist, but it would make sense to think how his brutal childhood shaped him into the way he is today.

At least Bayless seems like he's living a happier life based on how he talks about his life outside sports on his podcast. He might not be the most enjoyable sports personality to watch but love or hate him; it's great to know that he no longer lives a life that's full of abuse and harassment.

At the end of the day, not a single human on this earth deserves to be in Bayless' childhood situation. 

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