ESPN has suspended Bill Simmons for a 3-week period, after Simmons released a podcast where he went on an absolute tirade, calling out current NFL Commisioner, Roger Goodell, for his "blatant lies" about the Ray Rice incident, and daring the sports network giant, or anyone else, to do something about it.
A podcast, which has since been deleted by the network, where he stood up for, what many believe, is the truth, calling out the actions of the perceived cover-up for Rice. The job of a journalist, afterall, should be to find out what is true, and let the people know. Although Simmons gave an opinion of the incident, it is ridiculous to suspend him as a result.
I, for one, have had a like-hate relationship with Bill's articles and opinions, but there is no questioning his knowledge, nor entertainment value, key pieces to being successful in present day media. Below are quotes from the podcast: “Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on that tape, he’s a liar,” Simmons said Monday on his podcast, via Mediaite.com. “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–king bullsh-t. It really is. It’s such f–king bullsh-t. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was.” “I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell,” Simmons said. “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.”