Bill Simmons and ESPN are like that couple that broke up but are always talking about each other.
In a New York Times article, ESPN President John Skipper reveals the real reason Simmons was let go. And no, it has nothing do with the Roger Goodell-bashing he did.
"Bill would rather spin conspiracy theories and be perceived as a martyr than take responsibility for his own actions," Skipper said. "Let me be unequivocal and clear and take responsibility for my actions: I alone made the decision, and it had nothing to do with his comments about the commissioner. I severed our relationship with Bill because of his repeated lack of respect for this company and, more importantly, the people who work here."
Skipper doesn't seem to regret his decision and Simmons claims he couldn't be happier with The Ringer, so it seems good for everyone involved.