ESPN commentator Bill Simmons fired back at Mike Golic of ESPN Radio show Mike & Mike on Thursday, hours after Golic criticized Simmons on the show.
During a discussion about LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers' 1-3 start, Mike & Mike played a snippet of Simmons saying the situation reminded him "a little bit" of when baseball's Albert Pujols left the Cardinals for the Angels and saw his numbers dip.
"I think it’s one of the most ridiculous statements I’ve heard four games into a season in my life in any sport," said Golic in response. “That’s what I’ll say about Bill Simmons. So, you know, he grabbed a headline, which is something I know he loves — and that’s one of the most ridiculous lines I’ve ever heard in any sport in my life. Four games into a season. I don’t even … that’s ridiculous."
For an ESPN Radio show to pull an interview out of context from another ESPN Radio show, then play the moral authority card, is disgusting.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 6, 2014
Have the balls to call me to discuss it on the show. Don't pull it out of context just because you need fodder for a segment. Pathetic.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 6, 2014
In September, Simmons was suspended by ESPN for three weeks after Simmons gave a profanity-laced rant about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on his “B.S. Report” podcast, in which he said he believes Goodell was lying about having not seen tape of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée before TMZ released it.
Later Thursday, Golic addressed the issue on Twitter:
Spoke to Bill, all is good. I will discuss on show— Mike Golic (@espngolic) November 6, 2014