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Wash. Post's Boren: ESPN Should Not Have Suspended Simmons

By    |   Friday, 26 Sep 2014 04:04 PM

Bill Simmons should not have been suspended by ESPN for his profanity-laced rant against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Washington Post sports writer and editor ESPN Cindy Boren believes.

"For the content of what he said, I would not have suspended him for that," Boren told Joe Concha, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV Friday.

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"ESPN has a number of pundits from whom they don't really expect opinion, and they have expressed the same thing — if Roger Goodell should be fired or should be no longer in his job. 

"For me, the issue came down to something else that he said on the podcast which was when he said "I dare you" to his bosses. 'If you don't like what I'm saying, come after me, fire me and suspend me.'"

The popular commentator was suspended for three weeks after he called Goodell a liar in a podcast filled with obscene language.

Simmons said Goodell and the NFL were lying by saying they didn’t know what was on a security videotape that showed Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee and knocking her unconscious in an elevator.

"Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on the tape, he’s a liar,” Simmons said. “If you put him up on a lie-detector test, that guy would fail."

During the podcast, Simmons challenged ESPN to discipline him. A day later, the network owned by Walt Disney Co. took action. The comments didn’t live up to ESPN’s standards, the sports network said in a statement on its website.

Boren believes there may ulterior motives to Simmons' outburst.

"He made the comment in an interview with Rolling Stone that if ESPN isn't broadcasting NBA games or involved with the NBA, he's out of there," he said.

"Is that what you're saying here? Is [it] you want to go somewhere else, maybe you want to be let loose by ESPN?"

In addition, Boren said, his suspension ends Oct. 15, six days before he kicks off a new show coming on ESPN with Grantland.com, an NBA countdown show.

"He's moving from ESPN's countdown show to his own with Grantland.com. That's convenient three weeks before his new show comes on he's out in all these [Internet] search terms and that's questionable to me."

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