Skip Bayless hosted Tuesday morning’s episode of Undisputed alone, with out Shannon Sharpe, and it was no accident … we’re instructed the Hall of Famer was upset with the opinionated TV host’s controversial tweet despatched minutes after Damar Hamlin‘s coronary heart stopped throughout MNF.
And, TMZ Sports is instructed the community — which needs Sharpe again as quickly as doable — does not know if he’ll return to work on Wednesday.
The controversy began when Bayless tweeted … “No doubt the NFL is contemplating suspending the remainder of this recreation – however how? This late within the season, a recreation of this magnitude is essential to the regular-season end result … which all of the sudden appears so irrelevant.”
The backlash got here quick and furiously … with everybody from followers to present and former star athletes like Darrelle Revis, Dez Bryant, “Sauce” Gardner and others entering into on Skip.
In the wake of criticism, and fewer than an hour after his authentic message, Bayless tried to make clear his level, writing … “Nothing is extra vital than that younger man’s well being. That was the purpose of my final tweet. I’m sorry if that was misunderstood however his well being is all that issues. Again, every thing else is irrelevant. I prayed for him & will proceed to.”
But, clearly, it wasn’t sufficient for his companion, Shannon … ‘trigger when Undisputed went dwell Tuesday morning, Sharpe was nowhere to be discovered.
Some speculated Shannon may’ve merely had the day without work, however our sources inform us that is not the case — this was a direct response to Bayless’ tweet.
A couple of minutes into the present, Skip seemingly tried to clear the air with out immediately addressing the explanation behind Shannon’s absence, saying, “Obviously, my companion, Shannon Sharpe, will not be right here immediately. I look ahead to seeing him tomorrow.”
Bayless additionally began the present telling the viewers he was going to (try and) strategy the present as he would another weekday … although he wasn’t certain if he’d be capable of get by the emotional subject.
“I apologize for what we’re got down to do if it offends anybody as a result of we will attempt to do the present just about as we normally do the present however I’ll admit upfront, I’m nonetheless shook up by what occurred final evening to Damar Hamlin.”
Skip continued … “In reality, I’m nonetheless wrecked. In reality, I’m unsure I’m able to doing this present immediately however after barely sleeping on it, I made a decision to offer it a strive. Maybe I’ll fail, perhaps we are going to fail however we will strive.”
Hamlin, most significantly, remains to be within the Intensive Care Unit of a Cincinnati hospital, preventing for his life.