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ESPN suspends Bill Simmons for Goodell tirade

Bill Simmons is shown at a Boston book signing in 2009.
Bill Simmons is shown at a Boston book signing in 2009.Bill Brett/Globe Photo

ESPN has suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks after he repeatedly called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a liar during a profane tirade on a podcast.

ESPN announced the suspension Wednesday.

‘‘Every employee must be accountable to ESPN, and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards,’’ ESPN said in a statement. ‘‘Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast, and as a result we have suspended him for three weeks.’’

Simmons’s podcast was released Tuesday. He said he thought Goodell lied about not knowing what was on a security video that showed former Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his wife in an elevator.

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Simmons is the editor of the sports web site ‘‘Grantland,’’ which is owned by ESPN. He also appears on ESPN’s NBA studio shows.