ESPN suspended Simmons longer for criticizing Roger Goodell than Goodell suspended Rice for punching his girlfriend http://t.co/KpM16PrSFR
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 24, 2014
Because the rich and powerful will have curb-jawed them to death:
ESPN pontificator Bill Simmons called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a liar, and dared his bosses to call him on it.
So they did.
ESPN put out a statement saying Simmons was suspended three weeks for his profane tirade against Goodell.
“Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards,” the statement read. “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.”
There’s no word as to whether that suspension is paid or unpaid — such that it matters, since any millions given to Simmons pales to the billions (as in 15.2) they give the NFL.
Look- corporations are free to do with their employees, but all Simmons did was something everyone with an IQ over room temperature agrees with- he stated that Goodell is a fucking liar.
But Disney is very, very protective of their mutually beneficial relationship with the NFL, so he needed to be put in line:
So, what the hell happened here? In the first segment, Polian makes the NFL out to be the East German Stasi, where a low-level executive wouldn’t dare hide pertinent information from his or her superiors for fear of swift and merciless retribution. But then here comes Polian 20 minutes later, describing the NFL offices as a run-of-the-mill bureaucracy where of course vital pieces of information could fall through the cracks.
Bill Polian either has a hard time maintaining consistent opinions for longer than 20 minutes at a time, or something spooked him into softening his answer during that second go-round. If we assume the first answer to be the truest one, you can probably guess what that something might have been.
Nothing to see here. Move along now.