ESPN announced Wednesday it has suspended one of its most prominent personalities, Bill Simmons, for three weeks after a podcast discussion of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the recent Ray Rice controversy in which Simmons used profanities and challenged ESPN to discipline him.
"Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards," the network said in a statement. "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."
Simmons had called Goodell a "liar" for saying he did not know what was on the video of Rice punching his then-fiancee while they were in an Atlantic City elevator. He added he hoped someone would tell him he was in trouble for what he said.
"If one person says that to me, I'm going public," he said. 'You leave me alone. The commissioner's a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast. Call me and say I’m in trouble. I dare you."