Skip Bayless calls Anthony Barr’s hit on Aaron Rodgers ‘a dirty play’

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Anthony Barr - Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Anthony Barr - Minnesota Vikings /

During Monday’s episode of FS1’s “UNDISPUTED”, the former sports writer was not a big fan of the hit delivered by Barr during the Minnesota Vikings’ win on Sunday.

Following the fact that the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Green Bay Packers on Sunday to create a two-way tie for first place in the in the NFC North, the second most important thing to happen this weekend at U.S. Bank Stadium was when Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with a possible season-ending injury.

Midway through the first quarter of Sunday’s game, Rodgers rolled out of the pocket and fired a pass downfield just barely before being brought to the ground by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. That ended up being the last play of the day for the Green Bay quarterback and eventually he was diagnosed with a broken collarbone.

Despite Barr’s hit being completely legal (just ask Cam Newton), many people in the sports world are not happy with the actions by Minnesota linebacker on Sunday. One of those who was pouting about Rodgers possibly being lost for the season was FS1’s Skip Bayless on Monday.

"“Anyone who’s ever watched me on television or read things that I’ve written, knows I’m not a big Aaron Rodgers fan. But I don’t want to see him get hurt and knocked out for the rest of the season, especially by a hit that I have always considered a dirty play and the cheapest of cheap shots.”"

Bayless has made a career out of blurting out outrageous statements and this one regarding Sunday’s hit was no different. To backup his views, Bayless blatantly ignores the NFL rule book and instead says a quarterback is, “not a runner until he crosses the line of scrimmage.”

Um no, not quite Skip.

Perhaps Mr. Bayless is reaching a bit in an attempt to get his daily debate show, UNDISPUTED, to finally have higher ratings than Scooby Doo reruns, but his latest take on Barr just seems like nonsense. At one point, Bayless just flat out says, “it’s not fair,” that quarterbacks are even allowed to be hit outside of the pocket like Rodgers was.

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Sorry but It was a legal hit, it was fair, and people get hurt in football. Case closed.