Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/16/14

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 apart 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 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: 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. — Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 8, 2013 This first one was pretty innocuous, but these next two got him [...]

1 Comment:
  • Let's rename the network to "Fascist ESPN". The man is entitled to his opinion. Despots are the ones who stifle free speech because they think it is critical. Are the suits the ones bringing viewers to ESPN?
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