Bill Simmons: Takes Aim at ESPN

Published: October 1, 2015

Bill Simmons: Takes Aim at ESPN, In the second episode of the new Bill Simmons Podcast, the former ESPN writer and Grantland editor took a shot at his previous employer over their handling of the Deflategate story.

“Granted, I’m a little biased here,” he began, before saying: “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.”

Let me just interject here for a moment and say that many writers at different publications (and like 85% of people in New England) called out ESPN about it.

He went on:

“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. 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.”

Simmons was released by ESPN the day after criticizing Goodell and the NFL on The Dan Patrick Show. He has signed a deal with HBO to host a weekly show for the network in 2016.


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