Back in late September, Grantland founder Bill Simmons was suspended by ESPN for three weeks for making some strong statements about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. And while he's been back from his suspension for a few weeks now and, for the most part, been on his best behavior, he just did something that's definitely not going to sit well with the executives at ESPN.
Earlier today, Mike & Mike in the Morning co-host Mike Golic responded to some comments that Simmons made about LeBron James recently live on the air. In his comments, Simmons compared LeBron's move to the Cavaliers to Albert Pujols' move to the Angels a couple years ago and said that "the Cardinals Pujols never showed up in Anaheim." And while Mike & Mike only aired a short snippet of what Simmons had to say—you can hear Simmons' comments in the clip above—Golic went off on him after hearing the comments.
"I think it's one of the most ridiculous statements I've heard four games into a season in my life in any sport," Golic said, before taking a couple shots at Simmons that seemed personal. "That's what I'll say about Bill Simmons. So you know, he grabbed a headline, which is something I know he loves—and that's one of the most ridiculous lines I've ever heard in any sport in my life. Four games into a season. I don't even…that's ridiculous. I put nothing—zero—on that."
Simmons caught wind of what Golic said a short time ago and responded to it on Twitter. And he didn't hold back at all while blasting Golic and the Mike & Mike show and saying that they had taken Simmons' comments out of context.
Simmons then followed up his Twitter rant by linking to a piece that an ESPN ombudsman just wrote about the company:
Yikes. ESPN obviously isn't going to like this.
There's been no response from Golic—or ESPN—yet, but we'll be sure to update you on this situation as we move forward. In the meantime, scroll down to see some of the reactions that people on Twitter have had to Simmons throwing shots at Golic.
Golic spoke with Simmons late Thursday afternoon and took to Twitter to reveal that "all is good" between him and his fellow ESPN employee:
Golic and his Mike & Mike co-host Mike Greenberg also discussed Simmons on their show Friday morning and revealed that the two sides had spoken and made their apologies: