In one of his recent podcasts, ESPN regular and the editor-in-chief of Grantland Bill Simmons ranted against the NFL chief Roger Goodell, calling him a liar for his suggestion in a press conference last week that he was unaware of a casino security video of an elevator domestic violence altercation between former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then-soon-to-be wife Janay Palmer.
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 fucking bullshit. It really is — it’s such fucking bullshit. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was.
Simmons was ultimately suspended three weeks for those remarks, via a statement from ESPN:
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.
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