The Best Tweets From The #FreeSimmons Hashtag
It took the world until Week 3 to figure out that ESPN is in bed with the NFL, and really could care less about their mishandled punishments or whether or not Roger Goodell inherently knows what it looks like when a man knocks out his fiancée. All they care about is eyeballs on their channel and web properties -- that's it -- and one of those things happens to be Monday Night Football. Ergo, it is not in ESPN's best interest to take down the NFL the way South Park or The Daily Show did.
As a man once told me while he was shaking me down for money in Jamaica, "We don't want to kill the goose that lays the golden egg." The NFL is a big, fat, $15 billion egg-laying goose.
When Bill Simmons called Roger Goodell a liar on his podcast, we had a hard time understanding why he assumed he'd get an email from his employer about it. After all, Simmons isn't an X's and O's analyst guy, and he's not a Adam Schefter-type journalist who's job it is to report the facts as he sees them. Simmons is an "opinion guy." Considering that just about everyone in America holds the opinion that Roger Goodell is lying when he says he didn't know what was on that Ray Rice elevator tape, it's fair to say that Simmons wasn't crossing any lines by reiterating as much.
A three week suspension later, and we're left wondering whether or not the Grantland-founder was purposely trying to buy himself a nice little vacation before basketball season kicks off in October. Here's what Twitter thinks:
ESPN logic: justify beating women, 1 week suspension. Call lying business partner a liar, 3 week suspension. #FreeSimmons
— Paul Conrad (@Paul_Conrad) September 25, 2014
— Nick Bode (@NickBode15) September 25, 2014
— Zach Everson (@Z_Everson) September 25, 2014
— Judah Dorn (@judahdorn) September 25, 2014
— Ken Hart (@KenofGhastria) September 25, 2014
In all fairness to Roger Goodell, he probably won't even have heard what Bill Simmons said about him for another few months #FreeSimmons
— S. Anthony Thomas (@santhonythomas) September 25, 2014
— JakeVK (@JakeVK) September 25, 2014
The bs report is a free flowing conversation that occasionally touches on mature subjects #freesimmons
— John Hanchiruk (@JohnHanchiruk) September 25, 2014
Punch a woman out. Two weeks. Say an abuse victim may have brought it on herself. One week. Call a liar a liar. Three weeks. #freesimmons
— Mike Rodman (@PatriotMike) September 25, 2014
Guessing ESPN's real issue with #freesimmons was his implication that his overlords forbid any criticism of Goodell, not the critique itself
— David Murphy (@ByDavidMurphy) September 25, 2014
— van kaanto (@vankaanto) September 25, 2014
Which Bill Simmons podcast was offensive? I'm guessing it was the one that disappeared when I loaded the app. #FreeSimmons
— Ben Hoffman (@thebenshow) September 25, 2014
Simmons suspended? But who will give me my incredibly inaccurate weekly NFL picks? #FreeSimmons
— Jake O'Donnell (@_JakeODonnell) September 25, 2014
Basically, nice brand move, buddy. #FreeSimmons
— Bethlehem Shoals (@freedarko) September 25, 2014
Hey Bill, we're hiring unpaid interns. Think you'd come on board even though we can't really pay you? Looking for a #FreeSimmons...
— SportsGrid (@SportsGrid) September 25, 2014
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