Reggie Bush: Tarnished NFL Star Challenges Skip Bayless on Twitter

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints in action during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The only thing I'll give to Reggie Bush right now is that Skip Bayless knows how to push a person's buttons very easily. Skip gets off on the attention of people crying out in response to the often ridiculous comments he makes on ESPN. But Bush has now taken it to another level.

The New Orleans Saints running back has already drawn too much attention to himself by "joking" around about the lockout and the joy he is getting from his time off. But today he went a step further.

It is not so much what he was tweeting, but more about the timing as he skipped player-organized workouts because of the uncertainty of his roster spot.

We all famously remember Bush tweeting, "It was fun New Orleans..." the night another Heisman running back, Mark Ingram, was drafted by the Saints.

Today, after Skip said Bush's play isn't good enough to speak his mind the way he has been, Bush roared back in a tweet rant that went like this:

"Skippy Skipper Skip Bayless said my performance on the field doesn't give me a right to speak my mind! But his performance does! MY BAD!"

That was followed by:

"I mean what was I thinking! This guy Skipper put it in so much blood, sweat, and heart into this game all behind a desk! You got it boss!"

And then:

"Let me take a step back and bow down to Skippy Bayless! All Hail the great Skipper! He def has my Hall of Fame Vote! Canton here we come!"

He then issued a challenge that stretched into two tweets:

"This is an Official Challenge to 1 on 1 full gear and full contact with Skip Bayless! Plus a full conditioning drill and weight lifting! ... If I win he wears a 25 jersey and a dress plus makeup on his show, he wins he gets a full game check! I bet he won't accept my challenge!!!"

He ended with a great shout out to ESPN, saying:

"Now put that on SportsCenter! Holla!!!!"

Finally, 30 minutes later, he tweeted:

"@ don't act like you can't hear me boy! I know read about my tweets! I know you a fan!"

So, for a quick recap, we just witnessed a 26-year-old Reggie Bush challenge 59-year-old Skip Bayless to a "1 on 1 full gear and full contact" showdown in addition to a "full conditioning drill and weight lifting" activities. I wonder how much better Reggie feels right now.

But he also has some support behind him too. Former USC teammate and current New York Giant Steve Smith tweeted:

"@ don't trip off the haters bro. When they stop talking is when there's a problem"

That was followed by:

"I'm tired of all these dudes that criticize and analyze all us athletes but cant do a damn thing we do.. chumps"

Any chance Smith was referring to anything else? No, not at all.

I have no problem with Smith trying to back up his boy, but Bush is truly losing control of his emotions at this stage. Both of them need to realize that they are not the only ones in the world who have jobs, regardless of what those jobs are. They are fortunate enough to play a sport for a living, and that comes with an obnoxious amount of exposure and responsibility.

As for Skip Bayless, that is his job; he is supposed to analyze the players on the field, court or rink and be obnoxious about it.

This is just another mishap for Reggie, who obviously hears all the people talk about him making too much money, about him never living up to the No. 2 overall selection, about him exploiting his situation at USC and on and on.

He's clearly frustrated, obviously angry and decided the best way to take out his frustration was to challenge a 59-year-old man to full contact drills.

Even if Skip deserves a good smack in the mouth (possibly two), Bush certainly isn't in a position to give it to him. Reggie should just put the cell phone, computer or iPad down and find out the next time Drew Brees is getting the rest of the Saints together.

Best way for him to get back at Skip is to get on the field and prove it. Sadly, he's not thinking about that at all.

Get ready for a twitter feud. This is nowhere near over.