He had it coming to him.
Bill Simmons dared ESPN to come down on him for his podcast rant against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” gave him what he asked for via a three-week suspension, as announced late Wednesday afternoon.
"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," the sports network said in a released statement.
The suspension comes after Simmons’s profanity-laced podcast rant, in which he bashed Goodell for his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence surveillance video, calling the commissioner a “liar.”
"I just think not enough is being made out of the fact that they knew about the tape and they knew what was on it," Simmons said during the 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 up on a lie detector test that guy would fail. And for all these people to pretend they didn’t know is such f-----g bulls--t. It really is — it’s such f------g bulls--t. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted."
Simmons then proceeded to dare ESPN to punish him for his comments.
"I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell," he continued. "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. Thank you. Please call me and say I’m in trouble. I dare you."
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