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ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons 3 Weeks for Goodell Rant

ESPN commentator and Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons went off on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during his podcast Tuesday, lambasting the commissioner for claiming not to have known what the Ray Rice tape contained:

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 fucking bullshit. It really is — it’s such fucking bullshit. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was.

His reward? Three weeks in the corner. Per ESPN:

Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards. We have worked hard to ensure that our recent NFL coverage has met that criteria. Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast, and as a result we have suspended him for three weeks.

ESPN suspended Stephen Smith one week for his comments about domestic violence two months ago. Meanwhile, the NFL’s initial suspension of Rice for the actual assault was only two weeks.

Listen to audio of Simmons below, via Grantland:

[h/t ESPN]

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