Bill 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.