Whaddayaknow, another athlete is mad about something Skip Bayless said on First Take.

This time it’s Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell feuding with the ESPN host. Earlier this week, Bell said the Cincinnati Bengals play dirty, and his remarks became a topic across the sports-talk world.

Then Bayless initiated the trap he has perfected during his time on First Take. Here are the steps:

1. Proclaim a provocative opinion about the subject at hand.

In this case, Bayless called Bell’s comments “unbecoming of a Pittsburgh Steeler” and accused the running back, who missed most of last season with a knee injury suffered against the Bengals, of “whining.”

2. Wait for the athlete to respond

Here the athlete can diffuse the situation by not responding at all, but it’s kind of hard to blame a guy for getting mad about a stranger making personal attacks about him on national TV. So Bell tweeted this:

3. Retweets, blog posts roll in

As you can see, Bell’s tweet has been retweeted more than 2,300 times, lending widespread attention to Bayless’ hot take.

Soon enough the feud gets enough attention that various websites and blogs just can’t resist and you end up with posts… just like this one. Oops.

4. Bayless claps back, and the feud is on

This hasn’t happened yet — First Take was off Thursday and Bayless has stuck to basketball on Twitter — but we’ve got our eye out. We’re one Bayless response from this becoming a full-on beef, and once that happens all bets are off.

If we could offer a piece of advice to Bell in his battle with Bayless, it would be this: Never go full Sherman.

About Alex Putterman

Alex is a writer and editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. He has written for The Atlantic, VICE Sports,, and more. He is a proud alum of Northwestern University and The Daily Northwestern. You can find him on Twitter @AlexPutterman.

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