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Bill Simmons dares ESPN to punish him, gets suspended

Bill Simmons has been suspended by ESPN for three weeks for blasting NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the Ray Rice situation in a recent podcast. Simmons used profane language to call Goodell a liar for his responses to questions about the NFL’s investigation of Rice during a press conference last week. You can listen to the clip that got Simmons in trouble below:

Simmons started his rant by saying, “Not enough is being made of the fact that they knew about the tape and they knew what it was on it. Goodell, if he doesn’t know what was on that tape, is a liar.”

Simmons ended his rant by daring ESPN to punish him:

Tennessee might be without starting quarterback Jake Locker, who was injured in the Titans’ blowout loss to the Bengals. Locker has a wrist injury above his throwing hand, which means rookie Zach Mettenberger might get the call.

It was tough to find anybody who believes the Titans can go into Lucas Oil Stadium and pull off a victory. Over at USA Today, all seven experts are going with the home team. Of the eight analysts at CBS Sports, only Josh Katzowitz believes the Titans will cover the spread of 7.5 points. However, Katzowitz does pick the Colts to win the game.

The same can be said with the men of SB Nation, who all believe the Colts will continue their climb from the basement.

You seem to be a pretty die-hard New Orleans Saints fan, which means that you’ve not only had a front row seat for some very strange and intense interaction between an NFL team and its community, but also for one of the more baroque recent Super Bowls. You’re clear in the petition that you don’t want to have to boycott your team, which I think a lot of people can relate to. How, as a football fan, do you think that dropping its tax-exempt status would benefit the NFL, let alone taxpayers? That is, besides allowing the NFL to keep the commissioner’s salary a secret.9

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