Bill Simmons Threatens to Hire Outside Ombudsman to Cover ESPN

Ryan Phillips

Bill Simmons will likely always have his aim set firmly on his old employers at ESPN, but until Thursday we didn’t know how bad the potential battle could get.

On “The Bill Simmons Podcast” Simmons’ friend Joe House said it would have been great to have ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on the show to talk about the turmoil currently swirling around the Cleveland Cavaliers. That prompted Simmons to reveal that Windhorst can’t come on the show because ESPN has blocked all of its employees from doing the show.

"I’m glad you mentioned that. You know why I can’t have Brian Windhorst on? Because ESPN won’t let anyone from ESPN come on my podcast, which is fine, but it’s just laying down the ground rules for what is going to unfold over the next few years. It could have been friendly and it’s not going to be friendly."

Simmons then implied that his new website, The Ringer was going to hire an editor whose role would be to take shots at ESPN. While hiring someone solely dedicated to calling out ESPN is an interesting idea, it might be a bit much. I mean, isn’t that what Twitter is for?

On the show Simmons really seemed to genuinely wish the breakup with his former employer would have been friendly and that now there is no possibility of that. That said, Simmons has not been above taking shots at ESPN over the past few months, so it’s not like he’s innocent here.

Get your popcorn ready folks, this could get really entertaining.