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ESPN President John Skipper Says He Fired Bill Simmons For "Lack of Respect"

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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."

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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.