Leave it to Sports Illustrated media column nerd Richard Deitsch to interview Troy Aikman for this week’s column and dig up old dirt that Skip Bayless threw against the wall claiming that Troy was gay. But I’m glad he did because this is a eyeball business and you guys will read this stuff so here we go.
There’s something I’ve always wanted to ask you, and people who read this column know very well how I feel professionally about Skip Bayless. In a book on the Cowboys in the 1990s, Bayless had a unsubstantiated claim that you were gay. Over the years you have generally not responded to this but I did read in the Dallas Morning News a couple of years ago that you said, and I quote: “I’ve not physically seen Skip Bayless since that time. That was in ’95. And I still kind of wonder what I might do to him when I do see him.” How much anger today do you feel about what was written in that book?
I’m upset about it because it was made up and there was nothing accurate about anything that was insinuated. And he did it, as he does everything, just for attention. I am probably more upset because I probably should have responded to it at the time it was going on. The advice to me was “Hey, just don’t address it. It’s not worth it. It doesn’t make any sense. It’s ridiculous. All it’s going to do is have people continue to talk about his book.” So I didn’t. But I probably could have responded differently and maybe that would have changed things. Maybe it wouldn’t have. But it is ridiculous, and, yeah, it bothers me. If that is a lifestyle people choose, so be it. It doesn’t affect me one way or another. But it is not my lifestyle.
Bayless claimed in a 2009 interview that it was Barry Switzer who was dropping hints that Aikman was “queer.”
This lead to incredible mudslinging back and forth and I’m sure you know about this and it became the flash part of the book but shouldn’t have been. It was just another wanna be incredible incidents between the two but, the Troy Aikman gay rumors had been in Dallas for several years. I did talk radio in Dallas and I would get at least one call a week from someone asking if Troy Aikman is gay. I would hear about the various incidents and would not pay too much attention to them until Switzer asked me at one point if it was true. I told him I didn’t know. His quote was, “You know this is incredible. I gotta take all this shit off this kid and he’s queer!”
All I heard from people around the country who didn’t read the book was, “You outed Troy Aikman?”
I didn’t. The coach definitely thought he was gay and a lot of his teammates thought he was gay. More than that, they thought he was racist and they thought he was trying to get Barry Switzer.
So that leads us back to 2015 and Troy Aikman’s personal life these days. He’s still with longtime girlfriend Tracy Ripsin (above) who, as of November, was still dating the Dallas legend. She’s a model. We’ve written about these two before. They seem to be happy and Troy has two daughters from a previous marriage to take care of. Seems like he’s all good.
Now, if those gay rumors from Bayless and Switzer would just go away.