Much like Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, Bill Simmons warned ESPN last week that he’s coming and hell’s coming with him. Upset with the way his former employer has banned current ESPN employees from appearing on any of his new HBO platforms, Simmons said “it’s not going to be friendly” on his podcast.

He sent over the first missiles on Tuesday following Mike & Mike’s interview with Rick Pitino on their radio program. Pitino is sitting home this year with his Louisville Cardinals basketball team due to a self-imposed ban from the postseason following an assortment of NCAA violations. While Pitino did discuss some of the issues surrounding the scandal, Simmons didn’t quite feel that Mike and/or Mike dug quite deep enough given the access they had to the embattled coach.

Somewhere, John Skipper reached for the phone to tell Simmons he’s been suspended before realizing he can’t do that anymore.

If we had to guess we’d assume that ESPN employees have a gag order about even discussing Simmons so we don’t expect much of a response from Mike & Mike. Don’t think that’s going to stop Simmons from lobbing grenades in their general direction until one of them hits.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to

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