The “B.S. Report,” which lived for many years on ESPN’s website, is now “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” And while Bill Simmons, AKA “The Sports Guy” was fired by ESPN for speaking out too harshly about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, it appears his new home at HBO allows him a bit more freedom to speak his mind.
Before his new TV show on HBO launches next year, Simmons kicked things off October 1 with the launch of his newly-revamped, yet very familiar-sounding podcast. In the first of two episodes, he and Jimmy Kimmel’s Cousin Sal broke down Week 4 of the NFL season. But it was in the second episode, featuring long-time friend John “JackO” O’Connell, that Simmons started speaking out against his old employers in a way that never would have flown six months ago.
Listen to the full podcast episode below, via HBO:
“Granted, I’m a little biased here,” Simmons said during a discussion about his hometown team the New England Patriots and the Deflategate scandal. “The way everyone else was covering Roger Goodell in this whole story versus the way ESPN covered it, it was embarrassing. I couldn’t believe nobody called out ESPN about it.”
“You have Dan Wetzel at Yahoo, you had Sally Jenkins at the Washington Post, you had all the people in Boston, you had different radio personalities, and people really going after how the NFL was handling this, how Goodell was handling this, all this stuff,” Simmons continued. “Especially in the weeks after the broken cell phone thing, when it came out that they had obviously leaked stuff and something really legitimately shady was going on, and yet if you went to ESPN you didn’t see anything…”
“It’s hard to come away from that and not think that ESPN is in the bag for the NFL, because they were,” he concluded.
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