Bill Simmons got what he asked for.
Following Roger Goodell’s press conference last Friday in which he denied having any knowledge about the NFL seeing the infamous Ray Rice tape, Bill Simmons told us how he really felt.
Simmons called Goodell a liar, said he would fail a lie detector test, and that he pretended he hadn’t previously seen the Ray Rice tape.
Here’s his full comment ripping Goodell:
“I just think not enough is being made out of the fact that they knew about the tape and they knew what was on it. Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on that tape, he’s a liar. I’m just saying it. He is lying. I think that dude is lying. If you put him up on a lie detector test that guy would fail. For all these people to pretend they didn’t know is such f****** b*******. It really is — it’s such f****** b*******. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted.”
Simmons didn’t stop there. He essentially dared ESPN to call him and tell him he’s in trouble for ripping Roger Goodell. That’s exactly what happened.
“I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell,” he said. “Because if one person says that to me, I’m going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner’s a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast.”
I think if Simmons had just stopped after his first comment, he would have been fine, but daring the company you work for to take action against you probably wasn’t the his finest move.
To Simmons point however, there have been several reports about the Ravens knowing about the Ray Rice tape within days of the incident, Ravens ownership pleading for Goodell to be lenient on Rice, and the NFL having its hands on the tape 5 months before suspending Rice.
Simmons is right and is entitled to say whatever he wants. It was his challenge to ESPN though that did him in here.