ESPN columnist, Bill Simmons, was suspended for calling out NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, during a podcast on September 22. His 3-week suspension is on the grounds that he ‘failed to meet the company’s journalistic standards.’ You won’t believe that he said!
Bill Simmons, 45, is known for voicing his opinions and during a recent podcast, he really laid it all out on the table in an intense rant targeting NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell. Knowing he may receive backlash following his rant, Bill dared ESPN to take action against him — and they did just that!
Bill Simmons Suspended Following Rant About Roger Goodell
Bill Simmons has made it known before that he doesn’t trust Roger Goodell regarding the Ray Rice scandal and decided to push his opinion again during a podcast.
Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on that tape, he’s a liar. I’m just saying it. He is lying. If you put him up on a lie detector test, that guy would fail. For all these people to pretend they didn’t know is such [expletive]ing [expletive]. It really is, it’s such [expletive]ing [expletive]. For him to go into that press conference and pretend otherwise … I was so insulted.
Knowing his rant would stir up some drama, Bill continued on to say:
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.
ESPN Responds To Treat By Suspending Bill
Following Bill’s podcast, ESPN released this 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.
The suspension will be a total of three weeks long. What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Was ESPN right for punishing Bill for his comments? Comment below!
— Shira Benozilio