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Free Bill Simmons
For those of you that are outraged by ESPN’s decision to suspend Bill Simmons, please sign this petition to defend him and his comments against Roger Goodell and the NFL.
On Monday’s BS Report, Bill Simmons went on a rant about Roger Goodell and his handling of the Ray Rice situation. Simmons blatently called out the commissioner:
“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 f*cking bullsh*t. It really is. It’s such f*cking bullsh*t. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise – I was so insulted. I really was.”
Bill Simmons is, above everything, a passionate sports fan. The same thing could be said about his massive fan base – people like me. To hear that ESPN would not only reprimand, but suspend Simmons for something he said on his show turns my stomach. I love the BS Report, primarily because of how loose and open the conversations always are. This is what makes the show great. It’s not public cable. It’s a podcast you have to download, with a disclaimer at the beginning.
The worst part about this, other than the fact that I have to go three weeks without Cousin Sal guessing lines, is that Simmons was 100% right in everything that he said. He may have taken it a bit far, but he certainly didn’t take it too far. 90% of the shows on ESPN are sports experts arguing their opinions. Without opinions, ESPN wouldn’t survive and I would have nothing to listen to on my drives to work. Between this and the last few suspensions ESPN has issued, I’m beginning to realize just how censored ESPN has become. With all of the options available now for sports news and scores, I’m surprised ESPN would be so strict. Personally, I will be avoiding ESPN until Simmons’ suspension is lifted.
ESPN, stop with the obscene amount of censorship already. A three week suspension is ridiculous. The people being affected by this suspension the most are the fans. Please reconsider this outrageous suspension and #FreeSimmons.