Bill Simmons Suspended by ESPN Over Goodell Rant

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Wednesday (Sept. 25) ESPN suspended sportswriter and NBA analyst Bill Simmons three-weeks for a rant of his regarding NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that occurred on his “B.S. Report” podcast.

Simmons went on a three-minute tirade, repeatedly calling the commissioner a liar while using profanity on the show. Simmons was so fired up he even taunted ESPN to take action against him for his comments by saying:

“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.”

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Supporters of Simmons, and the public in general, feel Simmons is completely justified in what he was saying.

After ESPN announced the suspension, several people took to Twitter in fury and #FreeBillSimmons and #FreeSimmons hashtags began trending.

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This is Simmons’ third suspension from ESPN since 2009. In July, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith was suspended as well for comments that he made on the Ray Rice incident.

ESPN said in a statement:

“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 that our recent NFL coverage has met that criteria. Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast, and as a result we have suspended him for three weeks.”