ESPN cuts Bill Simmons out of his interview with Adam Silver.
1. Tsk, tsk, tsk, ESPN. Is it really necessary to be this petty? Did you really think you wouldn't be called out for such nonsense?
It seems the World Wide Leader may still have some issues with former employee Bill Simmons. The man who now runs The Ringer, interviewed NBA commissioner Adam Silver last week at a conference. One particular clip, in which Simmons and Silver discuss NBA players being unhappy and Silver putting the blame on social media, got a lot of pick up across the Internet.
Even ESPN picked it up Wednesday. However, when the network aired the snippet of video on Get Up, the clip was edited to zoom in so tight on Silver's face that you didn't see Simmons at all. It was like Silver was being interviewed by a ghost and it looked completely ridiculous, as you'll see below.
This piece of chicanery did not get lost on Simmons, who took to Twitter to voice his displeasure.
I reached out to ESPN for a comment, but so far have not heard back.
UPDATE: An ESPN spokesperson has given this statement to SI.com: "There is absolutely nothing to this. It’s a non-story. We ran clips of Adam Silver with Bill Simmons on ESPN shows/platforms."
In fact, ESPN did show the full clip of the interview with both Silver and Simmons in the shot on Monday's edition of The Jump. So this incident does seem like it was just the work on one Get Up producer and not an ESPN plot.
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