Bill Simmons is one of the more prominent on ESPN, and one of our favorites here at Sports-Kings. Simmons is well-known for speaking his mind, and not holding his tongue, maybe even to a fault. However, it is hard for ESPN to justify suspending Simmons from twitter, as they did recently, for saying something that many people agree with, that First Take is an embarrassment to the Worldwide Leader. According to the Deadspin report, this was apparently a violation of the social media guidelines.
Furthermore, Simmons wasn’t even that harsh, but simply said the station made a mistake airing a segment between the controversial ESPN Skip Bayless and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
Here is the exchange Simmons is referring to in his following tweets:
And here was Simmons reaction to the segment:
It’s amazing to me that people get so worked up about First Take. Who cares? Just don’t watch it. There are like 800 TV channels.
It seems that Simmons’ “suspension” was only three days, since that was how long it had been since he last tweeted. Most likely, this was a slap on the wrist with the intent to send a message that Simmons is not above the network. However, what Simmons said wasn’t really that harsh, and something that was felt by many of us, even some of Simmons and Bayless’ colleagues.
We will see if Simmons responds, or simply takes the suspension in stride.