Now that Bill Simmons is no longer tethered by the ties of ESPN, he's free to truly speak his mind (without penalty) on the NFL and Roger Goodell. And to what shouldn't come as much of a surprise, Simmons is using his freedom to describe just how badly he thinks of the commissioner.
In a string of tweets posted on Friday, Simmons trashed Goodell and the NFL for their handling of Deflategate, pointing out the major flaws in their case - which isn't much of a case at all as much as it is a faulty, seriously corrupt and wholly deceitful witch-hunt against one the game's preeminent players.
NFL's case: "We think Brady conspired with Murph & Sully for a tiny competitive gain, then perjured himself. Oh and we have no evidence."— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) August 14, 2015
NFL's case: "Even though we screwed up Bountygate/Rice/Peterson just as badly, and even though we have no evidence, trust us this time."— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) August 14, 2015
NFL's case: "We promised an independent investigation, then paid the investigator and helped edit his report, then admitted no independence"— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) August 14, 2015
NFL's case: "Our commish handed out a 4-game suspension with no real evidence, then arbitrated the appeal himself. What's wrong with that?"— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) August 14, 2015
NFL's case - "Doesn't matter that we proactively leaked the 2 most damaging info pieces to influence public opinion, but both were untrue."— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) August 14, 2015
Simmons was suspended by ESPN for three weeks last October after he called Goodell a liar (among other things) on his podcast for his role and willful ignorance in the Ray Rice cover-up. It was reported back in May that an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, an appearance in which Simmons again heavily criticized Goodell's integrity and ability as commissioner, was "the final straw" in ESPN's decision to not renew his contract.
Simmons is heading to HBO, giving him a unique platform to continue to criticize a man who has quickly become one of the most despised and untrustworthy figures in all of sports. We can't wait.
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