Bill Simmons. I’ve mentioned his name before. The best there is when it comes to sports journalism. Creator of Grantland.com and the “B.S. Report” podcast. His name has come up a lot in social media over the last couple days. He has been suspended from ESPN for three weeks due to some comments he made about NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell.
About a month ago, TMZ released a video that showed (former) Ravens running back knocking his (then) fiancé out cold in a casino elevator. This happened in February of 2014. Goodell punished him with a two game suspension. After actually viewing the video for the first time, he apologized for not making Rice’s punishment more severe.
Many (including Simmons) believed that the commissioner was lying. He had seen the tape before the press conference, he had lied to the fans. Simmons was infuriated. In his podcast, on September 22, he went off about it:
“I just think that not enough is being made about the fact that they knew about the tape and they knew what was on it. 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****** b***s***. It really is–it’s such f****** b***s***. And for him to go into that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted.”
He then later dared ESPN to punish him:
“I really hope someone 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. Thank you.”
The funny part is, the guy talking to him, (Cousin Sal, I believe) says “Is nobody going to lose their job over this?” Simmons might.
ESPN soon after, suspended Simmons for three weeks. Fans everywhere (including myself) have been showing there support.
Everyone thought he was lying, and Bill spoke what was on everyone’s minds. The man has some serious class. I will be boycotting the worldwide leader for three weeks. My uncle is getting some “#freesimmons” t-shirts, and I’m going to be wearing mine proudly. The Sports Kid will be supporting the Sports Guy for speaking his mind.
Thanks for reading. Want to hear the excerpt of the podcast? (Don’t worry it’s censored.) Click here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJw7G0iZgnE
Want to check out his website? check it out at http://grantland.com
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