John Skipper Says He Fired Bill Simmons From ESPN for "Repeated Lack of Respect"
“Bill would rather spin conspiracy theories and be perceived as a martyr than take responsibility for his own actions," the network exec said.
The war of words between Bill Simmons and his former employer ESPN continues to rage.
Following a cover story interview with The Hollywood Reporter in which Simmons took multiple shots at the network that he spent almost 15 years at, ESPN President John Skipper fired back, making clear he fired the media personality and for exact cause.
“Bill would rather spin conspiracy theories and be perceived as a martyr than take responsibility for his own actions," Skipper said in a statement to the New York Times. "Let me be unequivocal and clear and take responsibility for my actions: I alone made the decision, and it had nothing to do with his comments about the commissioner. I severed our relationship with Bill because of his repeated lack of respect for this company and, more importantly, the people who work here.”
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