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ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons From Twitter For Tweeting About The Richard Sherman/Skip Bayless Train Wreck (Video)
ESPN runs a tight ship. Here’s the official social media policy Simmons violated: “Keep internal deliberations confidential. Do not discuss how a story or feature was reported, written, edited or produced; stories or features in progress; interviews conducted; or any future coverage plans.” See the video and what he said about it after the jump.
It’s not often you find that Stephen A. Smith is the least insufferable person in a room with at least three people (I seriously kid, love ya Stephen A.), but alas, that’s what Richard Sherman and Skip Bayless did on First Take Thursday afternoon. Sherman laid a verbal smackdown Bayless, and you’ll wind up never having loved First Take more. Watch what went down.
Even after ESPN First Take’s Rob Parker questioned Robert Griffin III’s blackness, he did not initially back down from his comments. On Twitter, at least, he was retweeting those that agreed with him, calling his critics “typical and uneducated” and pompously boasting that he wouldn’t be reprimanded in any way. Well he was, with an indefinite suspension, and now Parker has issued an apology.
When ESPN provocateur Rob Parker questioned yesterday whether Redskins rookie phenom Robert Griffin III is black enough, the reaction was about what one would expect it to be: swift condemnation of the idiocy Parker spewed. Perhaps more interestingly, though, Parker’s hot air also prompted an official company response.
My, how First Take co-troll Rob Parker has everyone talking about him lately! Remember a couple months ago, when he decided to get a rise out of people who like to obtain knowledge by breaking out the totally new, un-hackneyed “observation” that any sports fan who likes stats is clearly a pathetic no-friend nerd? We do. Now, though, his target is Robert Griffin III… and what he’s saying is even worse.
We wouldn’t kid about these things because we care about you. Apparently five days of ESPN’s First Take just isn’t quite enough, so the show will be expanding to six days a week with the inclusion of Saturdays (8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.). Rob Parker will be the primary debater, with Cari Champion hosting and a slew of to-be-named-later co-hosts yapping their holier-than-thou heads off.
ESPN’s ratings-driven Tebow obsession is revolting on a number of fronts – namely that Tim Tebow isn’t even a starting NFL quarterback, but it’s more than that. The palpable move away from any semblance of journalism, perpetuated mostly by Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless on First Take (which has also bled into SportsCenter, among other ESPN shows) is the most disturbing.
Stephen A. Smith was on ESPN’s First Take this morning, as always, and was ranting about Kobe Bryant being ready for the opening game of the season. His disgust was in prime form, however, because we think he may have let the N-word slip out of his mouth with a “n— please.” We’ll let you decide for yourselves.
Here’a clip of ESPN’s First Take that aired yesterday, in which Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless were set to “discuss” (read: scream like morons) Tim Tebow’s latest GQ Magazine cover, in which he’s posing like a crucified Jesus. It appears Skip is about to launch into one of his impassioned and impervious rants when the television feed abruptly cuts to commercial. (Go to :58)