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Bill Simmons’ three-week suspension from ESPN for his comments about Roger Goodell and for daring the company to suspend him encompasses all social media. That meant no Twitter, no Facebook, and we’re guessing no Instagram.

But if you’re going to bend the rules, this is how to do it. Hope The Sports Guy is enjoying the beach/coast life during his time off.

Bill Simmons podcast pulled by ESPN

ESPN suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks on Wednesday in response to comments the personality made on his podcast earlier in the week, and the powerful network even took the step of pulling the audio from the Grantland website.

On his “BS Report” podcast posted on Monday, Simmons called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a “liar” for saying he hadn’t seen the Ray Rice video. Simmons then chided his bosses, daring them to call him out for exposing the alleged cover-up. He got what he asked for.

The thing is, if you’re looking to hear the audio on the Grantland website, you’ll get a 404 error:

Bill Simmons podcast 404

We still have the audio for you at this link, but it’s obvious ESPN was so unhappy with his rant they decided to pull it.

ESPN issued this official statement to explain the suspension, saying that Simmons did not meet their journalistic standards. John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal offers his thoughts on the real reason for the suspension:

Though the suspension comes across as harsh and unfair, it actually serves a good purpose for both parties. ESPN can flex its muscle and remind everyone they’re still in charge — while pleasing the NFL at the same time — while Simmons now looks like a martyr who is standing up for the people. The suspension enhances his reputation and helps keep ESPN in the NFL’s good graces. What a perfect situation!

Bill Simmons suspended three weeks by ESPN for Roger Goodell comments

Bill-SimmonsBill Simmons went off on Roger Goodell earlier this week and dared ESPN to reprimand him for it. He got what he asked for without even having to issue a double dare.

ESPN announced on Wednesday that Simmons has been suspended three weeks for not meeting the network’s criteria for “journalistic standards.”

“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,” the World Wide Leader said in a statement. “Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast, and as a result we have suspended him for three weeks.”

Simmons made the comments on his podcast Monday. You can hear the entire rant here, but the long and short of it was that he believes Goodell is a liar and that the way the NFL has handled the Ray Rice situation is “f—ing bulls—.” Simmons dared ESPN to punish him for sharing his opinion.

“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. … Please, call me and say I’m in trouble. I dare you.”

You have to wonder if Simmons would have been punished had he not provoked his employer. ESPN has allowed veterans like Adam Schefter to blast the handling of the Rice situation, albeit in a less animated fashion.

This is not the first time Simmons has been in trouble with ESPN. He was suspended from Twitter last year for criticizing “First Take” and also suspended in 2009 for making derogatory remarks about an ESPN radio affiliate.

Bill Simmons blasts Roger Goodell, dares ESPN to punish him

Bill-SimmonsBill Simmons went off on Roger Goodell during his weekly podcast on Monday, labeling the NFL commissioner a liar and calling for him to step down. He then dared ESPN to reprimand him for his remarks.

Like many others, Simmons believes Goodell either saw the video of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer or knew exactly what was on the tape.

“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,” Simmons said, as transcribed by Tony Manfred of Business Insider. “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 f—ing bulls—. It really is, it’s such f—ing bulls—. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was.”

Simmons then accused Goodell of being a hypocrite because he suspended Sean Payton for a full year over Bountygate despite Payton claiming he had no idea players were being paid to target opponents.

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Bill Simmons fist-pumps after Celtics’ pick of James Young (Video)

Bill Simmons celebrated the Boston Celtics’ pick of James Young in the first round of the NBA Draft Thursday with a firm fist pump. Some were bothered that a draft analyst was showing an obvious bias, but they obviously were forgetting that Simmons is “The Boston Sports Guy” and has always called his teams in terms of “we” and “us.”

Simmons was self-conscious of his gesture and instantly recognized that he would end up on YouTube for it.

I had no problem with Simmons fist-pumping his team’s picks. I’m just bothered that he was fist-pumping for a guy who will be playing in Turkey in three years. Come on, Bill, you’re better than that.

Bill Simmons fist pump

Sage Steele shakes her head at a frustrated Bill Simmons (Video)

Sage SteeleBill Simmons is a man with a lot to say, but he didn’t get the chance to say everything he had on his mind during ESPN’s postgame coverage for Game 4 of the NBA Finals Thursday. When he finally got the chance to talk, he made it known that he was frustrated.

All host Sage Steele could do was shake her head, making it quite evident that this is an uncomfortable issue.

The foursome of Steele, Simmons, Jalen Rose and Doug Collins is a relatively new one for ESPN, but it’s one I like. For that matter, I liked it even more when Michelle Beadle was filling in for Sage, but it’s still a good group with Steele as host.

Hopefully ESPN doesn’t take this awkward moment as a cue to shuffle things; the last thing I want is more of Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon after games.

H/T CJ Zero

Bill Simmons trolls J.R. Smith with NBA Green Week comment (Video)

The New York Knicks fell to the Miami Heat 102-91 on Sunday, but J.R. Smith set a couple of records during the process. Smith hoisted an NBA-record 22 three-pointers, making a Knicks-record ten of them on the way to 32 points.

Sunday’s performance comes on the heels of a 32-point outing against the Washington Wizards on Friday that saw Smith drain eight three-pointers.

J.R. Smith’s recent barrage of long distance buckets has coincided with NBA Green Week (April 3-10), when the league aims to raise awareness and funds to help protect the environment.

Of course, “green” and J.R. Smith have become joined at the hip for another reason since the guard tested positive for marijuana and was suspended for the first five games of this season. And ESPN’s Bill Simmons took the opportunity to capitalize on the moment that presented itself.

Here are all ten of J.R. Smith’s threes from Sunday’s game.