Since we’ve been talking Cowboys here on Instant Tea this week, I figured I’d alert you to this interesting excerpt from an interview with Jeff Pearlman, the author of â€œBoys Will Be Boys, the Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty.” In ths Q&A posted on the New York Times’ NFL blog, Pearlman is asked what he thinks of Skip Bayless, the former Dallas Morning News columnist who erroneously outed ex-Cowboys QB Troy Aikman as gay. Read Pearlman’s response to the question after the jump.
“Well, as a pure writer I think Bayless is an amazing talent; one of the best of this generation, skill-wise. But what he did with Aikman was truly wrong … First off, he couldnâ€™t have been sure Aikman was gay, because everything he was dealing with was speculation and gossip. Second, even if he knew, for a 100% fact, that Aikman was gay, you only write it if the man wants his sexuality out there. We do a lot of questionable things in this businessâ€”make tough choices every day of what to go with, what not to go with. But outing someone? And heâ€™s not even gay? Evil. Absolute evil.”