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#FreeSimmons: Twitter rallies behind Bill Simmons after ESPN suspension
#FreeSimmons: Twitter rallies behind Bill Simmons after ESPN suspension

Citing a breach of its journalistic standards, ESPN on Wednesday suspended columnist and commentator Bill Simmons for three weeks following a profanity-laden podcast in which he called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a liar.  The decision provoked widespread criticism on social media Wednesday evening, with the hashtag #FreeSimmons quickly becoming the top trending subject on Twitter. As many media observers noted, Simmons' suspension is three times as long as the one meted out to ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith for implying that women like Janay Rice sometimes provoke domestic violence. It's also a week longer than the original punishment given to Baltimore Ravens running...

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