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ESPN suspends Simmons 3 weeks for NFL comments

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This Jan. 30, 2013, photo provided by ESPN Images shows Bill Simmons on the set of NBA Countdown in New Orleans. This Jan. 30, 2013, photo provided by ESPN Images shows Bill Simmons on the set of NBA Countdown in New Orleans.

ESPN has suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks after he repeatedly called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar during a profane tirade on a podcast.

ESPN announced the suspension Wednesday.

"Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN's journalistic standards," ESPN said in a statement. "Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast, and as a result we have suspended him for three weeks."

Simmons' podcast was released Tuesday. He said he thought Goodell lied about not knowing what was on a security video that showed former Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his wife in an elevator.

Simmons is the editor of the sports web site "Grantland," which is owned by ESPN. He also appears on ESPN's NBA studio shows.

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