Skip Bayless thinks the Carolina Panthers player should protest after the team’s front office hired Frank Reich as their head coach over interim coach Steve Wilks.
The Panthers hired Reich on Thursday after he was fired by the Colts in November. Steve Wilks took over as the interim coach of the Panthers after they fired Matt Rhule. At the time, the Panthers were 1-4 and Wilks coached them to a 6-6 record and a near playoff berth, missing out on winning the NFC South by one game.
On Friday’s Undisputed, Bayless believes the players on the Panthers are not happy with owner David Tepper‘s decision:
“At what point do the players not rise up, and stand up, and say, ‘no’ because this is a situation, forgive me if I’m going too far here, but this is like a boycott situation where I got to see them say, ‘no, we refuse. As a team, we have voted not to play next year,’” Bayless added. “I know we’re talking about everybody’s money on the table.”
“Wouldnt you like to see some form of protest here? Where you stand up as a football team and say, ‘this is not acceptable to us,’” Bayless continued.
On Friday, Wilks sent out a statement amid the Panthers announcing the news of Reich’s hiring.
“The sun rose this morning and by the grace of God so did I. I’m disappointed but not defeated. Many people arent built for this but I know what it means to persevere and see it through.
It was an honor for me to coach those men in the Carolina Panthers locker room as the interim head coach. Players, coaches and staff, thank you for your hard work and dedication. I took pride in representing Charlotte, a great city that I love so much. Thank you to my family, friends and the community for your overwhelming support.
I do wish Frank Reich all the best. I will always be a fan of the Carolina Panthers Football Team: