Back in 1996, Skip Bayless wrote some unsavory and unverified stuff about then Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman.
Five years after that, Aikman landed a gig analyzing the NFL for Fox, and he and his massive sausage fingers have been routinely seen on screen ever since.
But now the company is hiring flaming-hot (but terrible) take artist Skip Bayless, to whom Fox Sports 1 gave a boatload of money to carry out his hackneyed schtick on a network no one watches that is thus more suited for Bayless', um, "talents."
When that happened, ESPN employees rejoiced at the departure of a man whose hate for LeBron James is so intense and senseless, he thought Kyrie Irving should have been the Finals MVP after LeBron led the series in every single important statistical category.
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) June 20, 2016
Bye, Felicia https://t.co/qpeK5LcRpw
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) June 20, 2016
Save these takes! https://t.co/E8VNqWOITe
— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) June 20, 2016
Good call! https://t.co/TVlqQdjnZR
— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) June 20, 2016
Scott Van Pelt hit Skip Bayless with that on-air subtweet.pic.twitter.com/dl1nIQQ6NN
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) June 20, 2016
Comedian Hannibal Buress also skewered him at the ESPYs. And TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley said he straight up hates Bayless.
But someone not happy about the new job for the feeble reincarnation of the bad guy in The Mask after he put the mask on is Aikman.
“To say I’m disappointed in the hiring of Skip Bayless would be an enormous understatement,” Aikman told Sports Illustrated. “Clearly, [Fox Sports president of national networks] Jamie Horowitz and I have a difference of opinion when it comes to building a successful organization. I believe success is achieved by acquiring and developing talented, respected and credible individuals, none of which applies to Skip Bayless.”
But Aikman's beef with Bayless goes well beyond the three-time Super Bowl-winning QB's distaste for stale, predictable ass-baggery.
No, in Hell Bent, a book published by the former Dallas Morning News writer in 1996, Bayless asserted that Aikman is gay with zero proof.
“I’m upset about it because it was made up and there was nothing accurate about anything that was insinuated,” Aikman told Sports Illustrated about the book last year. “And he did it, as he does everything, just for attention.”