ESPN suspends Bill Simmons from Twitter

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ESPN suspends Bill Simmons from Twitter
 

 
Bill Simmons is serving a three-day Twitter suspension after sending out tweets that were critical of ESPN's First Take.

Simmons blasted the ESPN program for the Richard Sherman and Skip Bayless feud. He told his two million followers to stop watching the show and called the segment "awful" and "embarrassing."

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ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys on Thursday said the network declined to comment.

This much is clear, however: ESPN is sending the message that nobody is exempt from its internal Twitter policies, which read:

"At all times, exercise discretion, thoughtfulness and respect for colleagues, business a.ssociates and fans."
It would seem "awful and embarassing" would not fall within the framework of "thoughtfulness and respect for colleagues."


First Take averages about 0.3% of cable TV/satellite TV households -- although it gains some additional viewers in re-airs -- but gets lots of attention in cyberspace for its edgy content.

Simmons was unavailable for immediate comment Thursday and his last original tweet was sent Sunday. The three he posted since have been promotion for various pieces on Grantland.

This is not the first time Simmons has faced a Twitter ban. He was also suspended from Twitter in 2009 after criticizing a Boston radio affiliate.

Simmons' absence from Twitter went relatively unnoticed this week, even though his comments about First Take received massive attention. He was also conspicuously silent after his beloved Wes Welker signed with the Denver Broncos. If not for the Deadspin leak, the suspension could have gone unnoticed when Simmons started tweeting again on Friday.

All things considered, a multiple day suspension from Twitter is a slap on the wrist. Fans will view Simmons like he's taking on the Evil Empire and trying to rid the world of First Take, when he's really a guy who criticized his employer to two million people. How would your boss react if you did the same thing?

I only watch First Take around NBA Playoffs so I could really careless about First Take.

102 comments for "ESPN suspends Bill Simmons from Twitter"

 5 years ago '07        #2
OG Perez 16 heat pts16
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 5 years ago '11        #3
maxnn 129 heat pts129
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He also wasn't on countdown yesterday

#freesimmons
 5 years ago '04        #4
ATLDOPEBOI30 73 heat pts73
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folks exposin espn now they dont want nobody to talk bout it fu*kin d!ckriders
 5 years ago '05        #5
BronxBombers 195 heat pts195
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Bill Simmons Is a Joke Anyways ...
 5 years ago '10        #6
SmoothTay 23 heat pts23
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The White Man Lost
 5 years ago '07        #7
timdog 918 heat pts918
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that probably why he wasn't on nba countdown yesterday

he don't need to be on there either
 5 years ago '08        #8
iPunish901 12 heat pts12
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 ThaReapa420 said:
He spoke all facts
Yep

They need to drop him from countdown tho....
 03-14-2013, 08:27 PM         #9
Walt Thizzney 
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Grantland>>>> anything ever written on espn
 5 years ago '12        #10
CaliSteppin 33 heat pts33
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Grantland keeps that sh*t real. They give zero fu*ks
 5 years ago '09        #11
That Guy Fly 21 heat pts21
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Good for Bill. Too bad he can't keep speaking his mind or else the evil empire will get rid of him.

I say he bounce, take a lot of the real people with him and start their own sh*t. Nobody gives a fu*k about First Take other than losers and people that like the idiots they have on the show.
 5 years ago '09        #12
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 Walt Thizzney said:
Grantland>>>> anything ever written on espn
 CaliSteppin said:
Grantland keeps that sh*t real. They give zero fu*ks
This.
 5 years ago '12        #13
CosbySweater 297 heat pts297
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Grantland >>>> ESPN
 5 years ago '05        #14
GUNIT-FINEST 
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so let me get this str8 Simmons who is a Troll is mad because the King of espn Trolls Got clowned By Rich ?? When all him and skip do is talk down about ppl every single day and talk bout sh*t they never ever done yet they can tell u about it like they are pros bout it??? Smh.. I hope they fire his a.ss skip to both of them are only on tv because they say wild sh*t
 5 years ago '12        #15
ThePainkiller 347 heat pts347
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Knicks won?
 03-14-2013, 08:41 PM         #16
NETS05 
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wow...
 5 years ago '04        #17
Yd4001 8 heat pts
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I aint gonna say fu*k espn cause then what am I gonna watch but Simmons is that dude.
 5 years ago '05        #18
Bea5T 137 heat pts137
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His site itself is miles better than ESPN. He probably hates working for them, they have all the connections and control though.
 5 years ago '11        #19
maxnn 129 heat pts129
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 GUNIT-FINEST said:
so let me get this str8 Simmons who is a Troll is mad because the King of espn Trolls Got clowned By Rich ?? When all him and skip do is talk down about ppl every single day and talk bout sh*t they never ever done yet they can tell u about it like they are pros bout it??? Smh.. I hope they fire his a.ss skip to both of them are only on tv because they say wild sh*t
Shocker that you and your 57 IQ didn't understand what Simmons was saying

I know you aren't calling simmons a troll and saying he is like Skip

Best NBA column around


He's a troll but Russell gives an interview to him

Get a GED first before you talk sh*t about simmons

One more thing

 GUNIT-FINEST said:
gotta get my troll on


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 5 years ago '05        #20
Bea5T 137 heat pts137
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 Fly 2ndComing said:
Good for Bill. Too bad he can't keep speaking his mind or else the evil empire will get rid of him.

I say he bounce, take a lot of the real people with him and start their own sh*t. Nobody gives a fu*k about First Take other than losers and people that like the idiots they have on the show.
ESPN is like EA, they pretty much buy everyone out. Especially when it comes to basketball.
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