Ask and Ye Shall Receive: Bill Simmons Suspended Three Weeks by ESPN
Well, ESPN upheld their end of the bargain. The Worldwide Leader declared Bill Simmons suspended for three weeks after his harsh critique of Roger Goodell and confrontational statements regarding his employer went viral.
It all started with this week’s edition of Simmons’s podcast, “The B.S. Report,” wherein he took Goodell to task for his role in what many believe was a coverup intended to protect Ray Rice.
“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.”
Then Simmons directed his ire at ESPN. And contrary to what you may have heard, Simmons did not just challenge his employer. He actually threatened them. That’s a big difference.
“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.”
“I dare” you is a challenge. “If you do this, then I’ll do that” is a threat. (Listen to the entire segment here.)
So ESPN really had no choice. If Simmons had merely criticized Goodell, chances are nothing would have come of this. After all, ESPN collegues Tedy Bruschi and the always irascible Keith Olbermann have also ripped Goodell live on the air. It was Simmons who turned what would have been just one of many Goodell critiques into a news story by threatening ESPN.
Maybe that was the plan.