ESPN Editor Bill Simmons Suspended For Two Weeks Because Of A Tweet

Posted Nov 23, 2009

ESPN has disallowed editor Bill Simmons from writing for two weeks because he criticized sports radio station WEEI on a tweet. In a blog post, ESPN editor-in-chief Rob King wrote “we’ve taken appropriate measures.”

ESPN and WEEI have a radio partnership that began on October 7. Simmons has criticized the radio station at least twice since the partnership has been announced. About a month ago Simmons tweeted “WEEI’s ‘The Big Show’ was apparently ripping me today. Good to get feedback from 2 washed-up athletes and a 60 yr-old fat guy with no neck.” And then on November 10 Simmons sent out another tweet that said “Hey WEEI: You were wrong, I did a Boston interview today. With your competition. Rather give them ratings over deceitful scumbags like you.”

The blog post written by Rob King did not specify the punishment terms, but supposedly Simmons told a fan that he was suspended for two weeks.