'Hope they fire you': Athletes slam Skip Bayless for 'gross' tweet after Damar Hamlin's cardiac arrest

'Hope they fire you': Athletes slam Skip Bayless for 'gross' tweet after Damar Hamlin's cardiac arrest
Athletes and other members of the community slam Skip Bayless (L) for an insensitive tweet after Damar Hamlin's (R) on-field cardiac arrest (Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images, Instagram/d.ham3)

CINCINNATI, OHIO: Damar Hamlin, a Buffalo Bills safety, suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday night, January 2, 2023, in Cincinnati after he collapsed on the field in the middle of a game. The shocked players from both sides watched trainers, paramedics, and doctors assist with his breathing and restore his heartbeat. The incident shocked the sports community and athletes from different areas were praying for his recovery and the best possible outcome. However, Skip Bayless has offended the entire community with one single tweet.

Fox Sports' very own Skip Bayless shared his crucial thoughts on the incident that left Damar Hamlin unresponsive. Bayless tweeted, "No doubt the NFL is considering postponing the rest of this game - but how? This late in the season, a game of this magnitude is crucial to the regular-season outcome ... which suddenly seems so irrelevant." The tweet came with immediate backlash. NFL players, including Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner and free agent wideout Dez Bryant, were quick to call out Bayless for his comments. Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner was also upset with the remarks. 

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Athletes and activists react to Skip Bayless' tweet

Isaiah Thomas said, "I hope they fire you bro!!! For you to even THINK of the game is very sad." Logan Cooke commented, "This is the most inconsiderate thing you could have said. We are human beings not just numbers. You’ve obviously never stepped foot in a locker room or been apart of a family like this. We are a band of brothers! Get over yourself man… Praying hard for Damar and his family!" Dez Bryant said, "WE NEED TO CANCEL @RealSkipBayless ASAP!!!"

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Sauce Gardner said, "Are you seriously talking about when the football game should be postponed? Damar Hamlin’s health is ALL that matters at the moment! Nothing else!!!" Nina Turner said, "This goes to show how some dehumanize professional athletes, especially Black athletes. These athletes are people with families. They are people, not bodies meant for entertainment." Brady Klopfer said, "I really don't want to give your gross tweet more attention, but I do want to let you know that almost every single person in this industry thinks you are a gutless, spineless, tiny little coward of a man who is awful at his job and at being a human."

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