Skip Bayless Thinks He’s Invited To The Cookout By Calling Out “Little Light-Skinned” Steph Curry To The Laughter Of Shannon Sharpe

BRISTOL, CT - AUGUST 30: Sports journalist and television personality, Skip Bayless is featured on First Take, ESPN2's daily sports talk show. On Friday morning, August 30, 2013, Bayless participated in debate with Stephen A. Smith as he does everyday, during their two hour morning program from 10am - noon. (Photo by Christopher Capozziello/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Skip Bayless has gotten more unhinged than usual on “Undisputed” when he turned his toxic takes toward the greatness that is Steph Curry.

On Friday, the “Undisputed” lead host disparaged the Golden State Warriors’ point god while rebutting co-host Shannon Sharpe’s claim that Curry should be considered among the top 10 NBA players of all time.

Skip went into a rant that dove into the racially polarized pool of colorism.

“I just know what I did and did not see from little light-skinned Steph. There have been too many times when he got so light-skinned in the Finals I couldn’t see him any more, because he turned into a ghost. He just went ‘Poof!’ right before your very eyes.”

Shannon Sharpe laughed at the comments, giving Skip a pass, before returning to the debate, and that is part of the major problem here.

Bayless has long received the ire of professional athletes for takes that they feel come off more personal than professional. The Oklahoma City native is moving like he has a lifetime pass in the culture and can make light-skin jokes. On top of that, when discussing Curry’s place on the all-time greats list, why would his skin color have any relevance in a serious sports topic?

During the Golden State Warriors’ championship celebration after defeating the Boston Celtics in Game 6, Steph Curry had a message that seems more resonant than ever now.

“What are they gonna say now?”

Curry has now defeated the most significant criticism of his championship career, achieving a Finals MVP trophy. He has already won almost every major award and sits on a throne of basketball achievement.

Curry is a four-time NBA champion, two-time league MVP, and is widely considered the greatest shooter to ever play in the NBA. He joined a short list of players with a league MVP and four championships.

That list includes Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and LeBron James. Each player not only racked up the biggest personal accolades but also changed the game during their era, leaving their footprints on how the game is played today.

Steph Curry is the basketball cultural leader of this generation. This quick-fire run-and-shoot style revolutionized the outside game, and he made becoming a trick shot three-point shooter an aspiration.

Like Michael Jordan, who provided a legacy of an all-around player exceptional at almost everything, Curry perfected the field goal, and the fact that he wins championships only proves the argument that he has changed the game while leading the league as a champion.

That is the only level of debate Skip Bayless should be engaging in about Steph Curry. The light-skin commentary by anyone, but especially a non-Black person, is highly offensive, and the fact that Bayless can do it with abandon on his show is a real problem.

Bayless is part of the old media, the guys who feel they can run the gamut of line-stepping and feel justified because the power of their bullhorn validates them. Now Bayless, and by his laughter, Shannon Sharpe has disrespected one of the greats in an infantile way, and that just won’t do.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.