NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless are one of the most entertaining duos in sports media. The two go head-to-head on FS1’s show called Undisputed and rarely agree on anything. The show is fascinating since Sharpe is a huge LeBron James fan, while Bayless is a Michael Jordan supporter.
The LeBron-Jordan GOAT debate is a hot topic of discussion between Sharpe and Bayless every week. Things get heated when Sharpe is defending James and Bayless is praising Jordan for what he did during the ’90s with the Chicago Bulls.
However, one segment involving Manu Ginobili and Hakeem Olajuwon from 2019 made Sharpe jump out of his seat at Bayless.
Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless started Undisputed in 2016
Undisputed’s first episode was on September 6, 2016. Skip Bayless, who used to do First Take on ESPN with Stephen A. Smith, left ESPN for Fox Sports in April of 2016. Meanwhile, Sharpe joined Fox Sports after working for CBS Sports.
No sports topic is off limits on Undisputed. As he did on First Take, Bayless never shies away from being controversial. He’s one of the most polarizing sports media members of all time and enjoys playing the villain’s role.
Whenever Bayless and Sharpe talk about LeBron James, the Pro Football Hall of Famer sometimes wears a goat mask with a crown on top of his head to troll Skip. LeBron’s nickname is The King, so Sharpe has found a unique way to have fun with it on Undisputed.
Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless compete with Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman for viewership. Both shows are tremendous, but First Take draws more ratings than Undisputed, mostly because many fans in the sports world hate Bayless.
Cowboys legend Troy Aikman wasn’t happy that Fox Sports signed Skip
Dallas Cowboys legend Troy Aikman has worked for Fox Sports since 2002. When Skip Bayless joined the company in 2016, the former star quarterback ripped his employer.
“To say I’m disappointed in the hiring of Skip Bayless would be an enormous understatement,” Aikman said, via SI. “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.”
Bayless used to cover Aikman and the Cowboys as a journalist. In his book called “Hell-Bent,” Bayless talked about how Aikman may be gay. During an interview with TheStartingFive.com in 2009, Bayless was quoted as saying, “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.”
Skip Bayless is always going to speak his mind and isn’t afraid of anyone in the sports world, not even Shannon Sharpe, who is built like Superman despite being 52. The duo is constantly having spirited debates on Undisputed, and one of them nearly ended in Sharpe throwing Bayless out of the FS1 building.
Skip Bayless said Manu Ginobili was better than Hakeem Olajuwon
During a discussion about who the best foreign player to ever play in the NBA is, Shannon Sharpe said Houston Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon is the clear answer. In contrast, Skip Bayless said San Antonio Spurs icon Manu Ginobili was better than The Dream.
Sharpe had a hilarious reaction to Bayless’ line, saying he’ll throw Skip out of the building for his outlandish take. The NFL legend was clearly joking, but it was a funny moment at the time.