Bill Simmons Is Pissed About Roger Goodell, Gives Zero F*cks About ESPN
September 23 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
On his podcast yesterday, Bill Simmons echoed the sentiments of Jason Whitlock, who on Friday responded to Roger Goodell's apologetic press conference by citing Sean Payton's "Bountygate" punishment as a comparable case where higher ups where ignorant of the practices of their underlings.
Payton was given a year-long suspension for not being aware of his players' practice of paying each other for injuring opponents.
Goodell won't be punishing himself at all, despite claiming to not have been aware of the contents of the now infamous Ray Rice elevator video.
Simmons has a point.
[Business Insider] I just think not enough is being made out of the fact that they knew about the tape and they knew what was on it. 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 f------ b-------. It really is — it's such f------ b-------. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was.
The best point that a lot of people have made about this is this is exactly why he fined and suspended Sean Payton for a season [for Bountygate]. Sean Payton was like, 'I didn't know.' [Goodell] was like, 'Well ignorance [is not an excuse]' and suspended him for a year. This is the same exact situation and it's worse, because he knew and he's a liar.
The grand finale of his diatribe came when the controversial sports pundit taunted his employer to take issue with his opinion on Goodell's hypocritical reign as the NFL's mayor and sheriff. He even seemed to threaten to leave the network if he so much as received an email from the worldwide leader. (We're not totally sure why ESPN would take issue with Simmons' rant, other than perhaps the language he used and the fact that he was openly defying their authority.)
I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell. Because if one person says that to me, I’m going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner’s a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast … Please, call me and say I’m in trouble. I dare you.
ESPN recently published an article attacking the Ravens handling of the Ray Rice situation, so it's not as if they're letting everyone off the hook. Simmons issue with the network seems to be more in regards to their willingness to accept Goodell's apology despite his reluctance to accept the apologies of players and coaches who've made mistakes in the past.
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