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ESPN suspends Simmons for 3 weeks after NFL comments

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ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons for Blasting Roger Goodell


ESPN has suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks after he repeatedly called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar during a profane tirade on a podcast.

ESPN announced the suspension Wednesday.

"Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN's journalistic standards," ESPN said in a statement. "Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast, and as a result we have suspended him for three weeks."

Simmons' podcast was released Tuesday. He said he thought Goodell lied about not knowing what was on a security video that showed former Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his wife in an elevator.

Simmons is the editor of the sports web site "Grantland," which is owned by ESPN. He also appears on ESPN's NBA studio shows.

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William 'Bill' Simmons, editor-in-chief of Grantland.com, speaks during a panel discussion at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, U.S., on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The SXSW conferences and festivals converge original music, independent films, and emerging technologies while fostering creative and professional growth. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 14: Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons of ESPN pose for a photo during the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Sprint Arena as part of 2014 NBA All-Star Jam Session at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on February 14, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Juan O'Campo/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 14: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat speaks with sports analyst Bill Simmons during the NBAE Circuit as part of 2014 All-Star Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on February 14, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Bruce Yeung/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 02: Sports writer Bill Simmons speaks at the 2010 New Yorker Festival at DGA Theater on October 2, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images the New Yorker)
NEW YORK - APRIL 24: Writer Bill Simmons speaks at the panel and screening of 'Beyond Playing The Field' during the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival at the School of Visual Arts Theater on April 24, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 18: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Bill Simmons and Jimmy Kimmel attend the ESPN Magazine's After Dark NBA All-Star Party at My House on February 18, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 07: HBO's Bill Simmons speaks onstage during 'Ahead of the Curve - The Future of Sports Journalism' at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 7, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 06: Producer Bill Simmons (R) attends the premiere of Disney's 'Million Dollar Arm' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 6, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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