ESPN's Mike Golic, Bill Simmons Rip Each Other Over Simmons' LeBron James Comments
November 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM (PT)
A war of words has erupted between ESPN RADIO and ESPN2 morning co-host MIKE GOLIC and ESPN GRANTLAND creator and NBA commentator BILL SIMMONS over a comment SIMMONS made on COLIN COWHERD's radio show about LEBRON JAMES.
"MIKE AND MIKE" co-host GOLIC responded this morning to SIMMONS suggesting on COWHERD's ESPN RADIO show WEDNESDAY that JAMES' poor play in the early going this season in his CLEVELAND CAVALIERS return might be evidence of a permanent decline in skill reminiscent of ALBERT PUJOLS' decline after signing with the LOS ANGELES ANGELS. GOLIC called SIMMONS' comment "One of the most ridiculous statements I've heard four games into a season in my life in any sport" and added "he grabbed a headline, which is something I know he loves."
SIMMONS responded via TWITTER, calling GOLIC's comments "absolute garbage. I would say I lost respect for that show, but I never had it ... For an ESPN RADIO show to pull an interview out of context from another ESPN RADIO show, then play the moral authority card, is disgusting. Have the balls to call me to discuss it on the show. Don't pull it out of context just because you need fodder for a segment. Pathetic." And then, referring to a column by outgoing ESPN ombudsman ROBERT LIPSYTE which criticized him for his recent comments calling NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL a "liar" and called on SIMMONS, ESPN, and his audience to "evolve," SIMMONS added, "But hey -- I'm just a guy who can't evolve, right?"