September 24, 2014
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pauses as he speaks during a news conference Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in New York. Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. The league has faced increasing criticism that it has
Jason DeCrow

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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