ESPN Pulls Podcast That Got Simmons Suspended; Listen To It Here

It seems ESPN isn't messing around with this whole Bill Simmons suspension thing. An hour after announcing the suspension, ESPN yanked down the offending podcast. It is no longer listed on the B.S. Report podcast landing page, the page that hosted it was pulled, and the direct link to the podcast doesn't work.

In case you didn't listen to the podcast, Slate managed to grab the offending clips before they were memory holed:

I just think not enough is being made out of the fact that they knew about the tape and they knew what was on it. Goodell, 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 fucking bullshit. It really is — it's such fucking bullshit. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted.

I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I'm in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell. Because if one person says that to me, I'm going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner's a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast. Thank you. … Please, call me and say I'm in trouble. I dare you.

ESPN has now called Simmons and told him he's in trouble. Ball's in your court, Bill.

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You can read our original story on Simmons's suspension below.

ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons Three Weeks Over Goodell Criticism

Bill Simmons practically begged ESPN to suspend him, and the oafish and epically tight-assed media behemoth did just that Wednesday night, giving him three weeks for coming to the same conclusion about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that just about everyone in the thinking public has.

On a BS Report podcast uploaded Monday, Simmons roundly criticized Goodell and called him a liar. Mediaite has the transcript of Simmons's remarks:

"Goodell, if he didn't know what was on that tape, he's a liar," Simmons said Monday. "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 fucking bullshit. It really is — it's such fucking bullshit. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was."

He went on to challenge ESPN:

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"I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I'm in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell," he said. "Because if one person says that to me, I'm going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner's a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast."

ESPN previously handed Simmons a two-weeks Twitter suspension for criticizing an ESPN radio partner and a three-day Twitter suspension for criticizing First Take. This is the first time Simmons has been suspended for something he said on his podcast, though he has had previous battles with ESPN over how his podcast is edited.

ESPN's full statement is below:

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"Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN's journalistic standards. 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 did not respond to a request for comment.

Free Simmons.

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