2013 NBA Playoffs

Bill Simmons Bashes ESPN Again Following Censorship of Joke

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Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterJune 14, 2013

If you follow Bill Simmons on Twitter, don’t be surprised if you aren’t hearing from the man for a while.

Simmons joined his colleagues Magic Johnson and Jalen Rose on ESPN’s NBA Countdown on Thursday night and ended up reeling off remarks that didn’t sit too well with ESPN. Simmons took to Twitter to launch his protests, as Chris Partlow of Next Impulse Sports reports.

Following Dwyane Wade's 32-point, six-steal night, Simmons joked that he must have gone to Germany before the game, which other athletes—such as Kobe Bryant—have done to undergo innovative, injury-curing procedures.

Simmons thought Wade improved drastically from Game 3 to Game 4, so he made a joke—one which ESPN wasn’t too jazzed about. In response, Simmons was not pleased.

Wow, SportsCenter edited my joke out about Wade going to Germany before Game 4 - I should have just ripped people to shreds like SAS did.

— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 14, 2013

But this wasn’t the only issue of the night Simmons had on NBA Countdown, as he made a clumsy joke directed at Magic Johnson.

Bill Simmons: Magic, you have some experience playing hurt in the Finals. What happened in 1988?

Magic: Against Detroit, you know, I had a pulled groin. And so I asked the doctors to shoot me up in that groin. I got a shot before the game and at halftime. 

Jalen Rose: Every game?

Magic: Every game, so that I could play. And so it turned out great because I wanted to win. You know you get here—Look, if Tony Parker can go, he will be going.

Bill Simmons: It didn’t turn out great for your groin. Can you get a shot for that?

Jalen Rose: You could get fired, Bill.

Bill Simmons: I’m not gonna get fired. You know the shame of this is that we should be talking about the Spurs.

So after a long night, Simmons took to Twitter one last time to voice his displeasure with how sensitive the rules are for broadcasting on national television.

The rigidity of studio TV is really discouraging. Let's just say that A LOT makes sense after these past 8 months.

— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 14, 2013

Simmons has been suspended from Twitter before by ESPN, and if there’s one thing you can say about this situation, it's that he doesn't care if it happens again.

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