You'll find the three-sentence opus on the website of ESPN PR, sitting snugly next to the network’s plans for Derek Jeter’s final week as a Yankee and actor Kevin Connolly's plans to star in a sitcom based on a book written by ESPN Fantasy Sports analyst Matthew Berry.
The official statement read as followed: “Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards.
Those supporters also note the hypocrisy of the suspension given the How mad is Simmons right now? He was ultimately suspended for a week -- likely with pay -- but that came after Smith returned to the air to apologize and followed a PR statement that offered "a lot of discussion and reflection on the topic" but no adjudication.
Suspensions have been doled out inconsistently for years at ESPN and the process by which they were decided was convoluted (and slow).
He also loves international soccer -- always the sign of an elevated soul.
Fifty-eight words: That was the length of the official response from ESPN on why it suspended Bill Simmons.
Ourand has strong sources within ESPN so you’ll find a lot of truths here. • ESPN's Cris Carter's on-air growth showing in NFL coverage Finally, I requested an interview with senior vice president of corporate communications Chris La Placa, another member of the decision-making inner circle on Simmons, a longtime follower of mine on Twitter, and as he as often told me, a big fan of That interview was declined through ESPN PR, which means La Placa declined La Placa.
At that point, I could have continued to request interviews with other ESPN senior management but I have newborn twins to raise (Simmons also declined to comment).
All agreed that the dare part of the equation was what really angered management. The network took various PR hits for how it handled Smith's comments about domestic violence.
As one longtime ESPN-er put it, "It's not high school cafeteria. It's juvenile." • Bill Simmons leaving NBA Countdown to debut Grantland Basketball Show But Simmons does have his supporters, right? The staff at Grantland swears by him, he has loads of allies who work at 30 for 30, and certainly there are on-air people (Beadle being the most public champion) who believe that three weeks for being critical of Goodell was ridiculous. Smith, in the midst of discussing the NFL’s adjudication of Ray Rice on , suggested that women should examine their role in provoking domestic violence incidents.