We all saw this coming.
Bill Simmons' first post-ESPN podcasts are up and he spent a little time talking about his former employer and the way they covered the NFL and Roger Goodell. It's no secret the two entities have a lucrative relationship.
"Granted, I'm a little biased here," Simmons said. "The way everyone else was covering Roger Goodell in this whole story versus the way ESPN covered it, it was embarrassing. I couldn't believe nobody called out ESPN on it."
Simmons is always the one to call ESPN out, whether he's on payroll or not. Clearly he's mistaken because for a while it seemed like everyone was talking about ESPN's method of covering the situation, but maybe Simmons is one of those people who only listens to himself.
"You have Dan Wetzel at Yahoo, you had Sally Jenkins at the Washington Post, you had all the people in Boston, you had different radio personalities, and people really going after how the NFL was handling this, how Goodell was handling this, all this stuff... When it came out that they had obviously leaked stuff and something really legitimately shady was going on, and yet if you went to ESPN you didn't see anything... It's hard to come away from that and not think that ESPN is in the bag for the NFL, because they were."
Former ESPN personalities seem more liberated and even more outspoken (if that's possible) after they leave the worldwide leader.