So it seems freedom of speech is dead, at least at ESPN because Bill Simmons was just suspended for apparently speaking his mind on his own Podcast – the “BS Report” after he made statements regarding NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Editor-in-chief of Grantland and the author of the New York Times no. 1 best-seller The Book of Basketball, Bill Simmons was suspended for 3-weeks after comments he made about statements made by Roger Goodell in the Ray Rice elevator assault incident
Bill Simmons said “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. 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. For all these people to pretend they didn’t know is such f*cking bullsh*t. It really is… it’s such f*cking bullsh*t. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was.” Simmons goes 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. Thank you.”
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Apparently ESPN was up to the challenge because they immediately suspended Simmons then released this statement regarding their decision: “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.”
Many fans of Bill Simmons have now taken to ESPN’s Facebook page to show their support for the recently silenced sports broadcaster.