Wacko. Clown. Fool. These are some of the words that come to the minds of many when they think of Skip Bayless. The over-the-top sports reporter often featured on ESPN (shocker) made a real name for himself with a book many years ago about the Cowboys of the 1990s. In it he talks about rumors that Troy Aikman is gay; Rumors that he's been attacked for recently. This week he reiterated those rumors, stuck to them, and went even further:
My only regret about the book is that it does not say that Aikman is gay. I had no idea and nor do I care to this day.
A number of the Black players-with whom I was close-contended that he was bisexual.
He goes on . . .
I wish I had sledgehammered it [the rumor] because it was the truth and everyone who knew what was going on inside the locker room told me the book was a terrific job and that I nailed it.
Because I did. It's exactly what happened. All I heard from people around the country who didn't read the book was, "You outed Troy Aikman?"
I didn't. The coach definitely thought he was gay and a lot of his teammates thought he was gay. More than that, they thought he was racist and they thought he was trying to get Barry Switzer.
I have no idea if Aikman is straight, gay or bisexual. Given that all he does now is badly call games for Fox, I really don't care too much. But man, these rumors just won't leave the guy. I just keep thinking what a current Cowboy said: "If it looks like a rat and smells like a rat . . ." or something like that.
Hat tip to Rod 2.0.