Dallas Cowboys fans were pretty surprised to learn that linebacker Micah Parsons was supposed to be joining “Undisputed,” a FOX Sports onion show, every Tuesday during the season. The program is co-hosted by former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe and famed Cowboys homer Skip Bayless.
On August 26, Bayless tweeted that the exciting news made his day, year, and career.
Parsons is no stranger to the limelight in only his second year in the league. After his breakout rookie campaign, the Penn State product went on a media tour ahead of the Super Bowl doing interviews with Bleacher Report, Rich Eisen, Stephen A. Smith, and attending the NFL Honors Awards. The 23-year-old became a star fast.
However, when it was time for Parsons to show up for his weekly appearance on the show after Week 1, the premier defender was not there. On Wednesday’s episode, Bayless said that the crew had equipment set up in the linebacker’s home and even mentioned how Parsons tweeted about how excited he was about appearing on the show after the announcement was made. But when Tuesday came, nobody could reach him or his team.
The host assumed the LB was just crushed by the Cowboys brutal loss.
Nobody got an answer from Parsons until Wednesday afternoon after practice. Reporters asked him what happened with the situation. Here was his response:
Cowboys LB Micah Parsons ditches “Undisputed” appearance for mature reason
For a 23-year-old, this is an incredibly mature response. Some fans were saying that Parsons is “soft” or “let people down,” but why should he waste his time with Bayless and Sharpe when his team was going through a crisis?
It honestly would have been a bad look if Parsons was on TV joking around with the media while the rest of his teammates were at the drawing board trying to figure out how to move forward after major injuries to several players on roster.
It’s one thing for him to miss a serious interview with NFL Network or ESPN. It’s another to ditch a sports program known for wild hot takes and obnoxious banter. It’s a much better look for a young player who has a major role on this team to focus on being a leader.
Parsons is one of the only things fans can be hopeful about right now for this team, both on the field and off it.