ESPN suspended Bill Simmons on Wednesday for three weeks after his much publicized recent tirade against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. In it he called Goodell a liar several times and said he had seen the elevator tape of Rice hitting his wife.
“Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards,” the company said in a statement. “We have worked hard to ensure that our recent NFL. coverage has met that criteria.”
Journalism, ESPN? Really? They are pretty much all hype nowadays they do very little in the way of real Journalism. The only compelling Journalistic endeavors the Evil Empire do are done by Bob Ley on Outside the Lines and the 30-for-30 series (Simmons is an Executive Producer of that show).
Simmons was right in my opinion, he called out Goodell and exercised his First Amendment right to air his opinion. Now, he shouldn’t have called out ESPN management, that clearly wasn’t the right thing to do. But, the length of the suspension is a bit steep, Stephen A Smith was only suspended for one week when he was given a week in for his comments about women not provoking men into assaulting them. Not to mention, Smith’s words that women provoke men into hitting them is worse than anything Simmons said.
This is the third time Simmons has been suspended during his tenure for the Network, the other suspensions were for inappropriate statements on Twitter.
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