Via The Victory Formation:
Nobody within ESPN can criticize ESPN. Nobody. That includes their golden boy Bill Simmons. Make no mistake, Simmons has a ton of creative freedom at ESPN, and gets to use their platform to build his brand. His website, Grantland, is a part of the ESPN family, and it is probably some of the more enjoyable reads on the internet. But while Simmons can talk about the Boston Celtics during every single NBA pregame that doesn’t involve them, he cannot be critical of the ESPN brand. Late last week, he took a shot at ESPN’s talking heads show First Take following the unfortunate dustup between the Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman and regular show commentator Skip Bayless. Simmons has since reportedly been suspended from using Twitter because of comments he made that were critical of the segment.
If you remember, Sherman eviscerated Bayless during the show last Thursday. Simmons went on Twitter to voice his displeasure with what he saw:
This first one was pretty innocuous, but these next two got him in a heap of trouble.
While we all nod in agreement with Simmons, the suits at ESPN were none too pleased with his opinion. It’s all fine and dandy to be critical of everyone else, but making any kind of critical remark about ESPN programming or anything involving them is a big no-no, especially on social media.
Simmons hasn’t tweeted since Tuesday, and has been suspended from using the social platform, and that suspension will be lifted as of tomorrow.
As Deadspin points out, this is the second time Simmons has been suspended from using Twitter. Back in 2009, he called an ESPN affiliate “deceitful scumbags” on Twitter. Important to note that Simmons did not appear on NBA Countdown this week, either.