On Wednesday, for the first time in a long time, Bayless actually made an excellent point that no one else in the sports world was willing to make. He was absolutely right, and it was a timely message to the rest of the sports media and to fans.
Surprisingly, everyone ripped Bayless for these comments, and accused him of everything from trolling to being the sports equivalent of Kim Kardashian.
What did Skip say that was so controversial?
Not much, really. Just something that should have been in the back of everyone's mind for a while.
Immediately, the arrows started flying. The NY Daily News called Skip shameless. The Denver Post called him a clown. Jeter said that Bayless should test himself for HGH. Some clown at Bleacher Report, who apparently has no clue whatsoever about the first amendment, suggested that Skip be punished for his comments.
The fact is that Skip never actually accused Jeter of anything. He merely said that people would be foolish to completely discount the idea.
The scary thing is... He's absolutely 100% right.
While Jeter is most likely clean, the fact that people are so upset at the mere insinuation that he might be taking HGH is laughable.
How ignorant have we become, that we can completely disregard the dozens upon dozens of players, from scrubs to future Hall of Famers, who sacrificed their integrity for the chance at a slight performance boost?
Everyone seems to worship Jeter, because he hasn't been caught doing anything particularly untoward in his almost 2 decades in baseball. But have we forgotten his good friend Andy Pettitte, who was also once viewed as a total stand-up guy? Pettitte later admitted to HGH use.
If this were anyone else but Jeter, people would be jumping on the bandwagon. Generally, people are quick to agree with relatively baseless PED accusations. Hell, Jeff Bagwell got snubbed by Hall of Fame numbers simply because his numbers seemed like they belong to a steroid user. Bagwell had never had his name connected to PED use in his entire career.
Since it's Jeter, however, people are bending over backwards to vilify Bayless and try to clear Jeter's name.
Why? Haven't we learned yet, that when we commit this sort of hero worship, we're only setting ourselves up for disappointment?
Remember when Tiger Woods was considered not only the greatest golfer on the planet, but also a wonderful role model for minority children everywhere?
Remember when Joe Paterno was a coach known for placing integrity above all else?
When we hold any athlete on a pedestal and assume that they can do no wrong, we're only making it more painful when we realize they're only human.
Maybe Jeter's clean, maybe he's not. But if you're not at least thinking about it, then you're only fooling yourself.