Skip Bayless Says Damian Lillard Texted 'You Might Be the Most Phony MF on TV'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2020

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers goes up for a shot against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)
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In a question of who is the most phony MF on TV, Damian Lillard chooses Skip Bayless.   

The Fox Sports personality revealed Lillard texted him, saying "you might be the most phony MF on TV" and calling him a "bozo" for Bayless' comments after Lillard missed two clutch free throws and a three-pointer in Saturday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers

"I believe he still had to be in the locker room, I don't know if he had done his postgame media session or not, but I got a scathing text from Damian saying, 'You might be the most phony MF on TV.' I'm thinking, 'I'm phony how?' I wrote him back, and I said, 'No, I'm the most honest and objective,'" Bayless said Tuesday on Undisputed.

Bayless said he felt like Lillard believed the two had an "unwritten deal" because of a previous private conversation they had.

The inciting tweet was apparently Bayless' questioning of Lillard's superstar status:

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

Lakers catch a break as Blazers catch a big bad L thanks to Damian Lillard, who missed both late free throws then the tying three. Clippers prevail without Kawhi or PG (in the 4th) or PatBev or Trez. I continue to ask, is Dame really That Guy? A true SUPERstar? I have my doubts.

Bayless said he responded with a "long, objective" text, saying he will "swallow" being called a "phony MF."

"He writes back that I'm a bozo and he said, 'Lose my damn number.' Dame, I didn't ask for your damn number. I had not, over the two months I had your number, used it one time," Bayless said.

Lillard made their private spat public Monday, tweeting that Bayless will never have his respect:

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard

I have never been buying nothing about you fam. You a joke. And after our private convo full of back pedaling you will never have my respect 🤡 https://t.co/do0yxFgUju

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard

Totally different https://t.co/JR4KvS1MGC

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard

Ask him what he said when I asked him “ and why you always hatin on Bron ?” https://t.co/0FFrB7CRSV

For his part, Bayless denies having discussed LeBron during their initial conversation. 

Lillard also discussed the exchange with Bayless during a discussion with Blazers teammate Carmelo Anthony on his What's In Your Glass podcast (34:20 mark). Lillard says Bayless "backpedaled the entire time" during their phone conversation.

Unfortunately, it's doubtful that Bayless and Lillard will ever go head-to-head in a debate. Lillard said "hell no" when asked if he would appear on Undisputed.