Skip Bayless may just live to regret his latest hot take.
LeBron James couldn’t help but to celebrate when his son Bronny threw down an absolutely disgusting fast-break dunk on national television on Monday. Bronny is one of the top high school prospects in the country and was playing alongside his younger brother, Bryce, on a travel team of elite California players. It was the second time the two have played a competitive game together, with the first coming just days prior.
The internet quickly exploded with highlights of the James dunk. But one person in particular wasn’t wowed by the athletic feat. We’ll give you one guess as to who…
BRONNY JAMES THROWS IT DOWN 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ikJ8ksPVSx
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 15, 2022
Hey, Bronny … impressive. But your dad would've dunked it left-handed. You sure got away with it, though.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 16, 2022
Heat between Bayless and LeBron is nothing new. The controversial TV personality took shots at the idea of LeBron and Bronny playing on the same NBA team earlier this year. But it is the first time that Bayless came after Bronny, a rising senior in high school, directly. The tweet didn’t sit well with many on basketball Twitter.
ain't no way you're hating on a high schooler pic.twitter.com/nveQkCLUzN
— entitled (@PythonBro) August 16, 2022
How can you hate on a high schooler when you’ve never even touched rim in your life
— Camillia 💖 (@CamilliaBabe) August 16, 2022
Skip Bayless praying on the downfall of a high schooler because he has beef with his dad is nuts.
— Patty Ice (@Patrick_Filios) August 16, 2022
The backlash seemed to rattle the often unflappable Bayless. He appeared to walk the comments back Tuesday morning on Fox Sports 1’s morning show “Undisputed”
“I wasn’t criticizing Bronny, I was merely commenting on a young man who is clearly going to be a focal point for this show and everybody else from this point forward.”
– Skip Bayless after tweet on Bronny James’ viral poster dunk
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) August 16, 2022
“It shocked me last night when my tweet exploded,” he said. “Because I wasn’t criticizing Bronny. I was merely commenting on a young man who is going to be a focal point for this show and for everybody else from this point forward…”
Safe to say people weren’t buying his explanation.
— Connor Matthes (@C_MiamiMatthes) August 16, 2022
Skip is unbelievably corny… there really is no level he won't stoop to for https://t.co/8pvnisQsxW
— Q (@JusCallMeQ81) August 16, 2022
Already setting up his post-hating LeBron career https://t.co/rb0eBlJKi2
— Lakers4Life (@L4L82434233) August 16, 2022
With Stephen A. Smith making his grand return to ESPN, it’s not surprise that Bayless tried to make a splash of his own.
Kevin Durant isn't going anywhere!…at least, not anytime soon. https://t.co/ueCGu1Y5ih
— Highly Clutch (@HighlyClutch) August 15, 2022
But if this was his plan, it backfired in spectacular fashion