ESPN renowned columnist and one of their top voices Bill Simmons has been suspended for three weeks after a podcast targeting the NFL commissioner, Rodger Goodell, and daring his employers to call or email him and tell him he is in trouble.
Well ESPN called his bluff and suspended him longer than the NFL suspended Ray Rice initially, which was surprising.
Here is what Simmon had to say about how the NFL commissioner had handled the Ray Rice’s case:
“I just think not enough is being made out of the fact that they knew about the [Ray Rice] tape, and they knew what was on it,” Simmons said on his podcast “Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on that tape, he’s a liar. I’m just saying it. He is lying. I think that dude is lying, if you put him on a lie detector test that guy would fail,” he ranted.
“I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell, because if one person says that to me, I’m going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner’s a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast … Please. Call me and say I’m in trouble. I dare you.”
The B.S report was removed from the site shortly.
ESPN released a statement of his 3 week suspension on their website which read:
“Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards,”. “We have worked hard to ensure our recent NFL coverage has met that criteria. Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations.”
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