ESPN has suspended one of its best-known personalities for blasting National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, reports Richard Sandomir in The New York Times.
Writes Sandomir, “On Monday, ESPN’s Bill Simmons challenged his employer to discipline him for excoriating NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. Simmons, on his Grantland.com podcast, repeatedly called Goodell a liar for saying that he had not seen the elevator video of Rice punching his fiancée.
”Simmons calmly delivered his harshly critical remarks while peppering them with obscenity — an incendiary brew, especially considering ESPN’s business relationship with the N.F.L. on ‘Monday Night Football,’ the college draft and other programming.”
The story adds, “On Wednesday [Sept. 24, 2014, ESPN] suspended [Simmons] for three weeks from all his activities: a long menu that includes columnist, podcast host, editor in chief of Grantland and executive producer of the ’30 for 30′ documentary series.”
Various media reports say that Simmons’ original commentary has been taken off the Internet. However, Slate.com still has excerpts up on its site, which you can listen to if you click here.