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ESPN has suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks for a profanity-laced tangent on a podcast questioning how NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's handled the Ray Rice incident.

"Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN's journalistic standards. We have worked hard to ensure that our recent NFL coverage has met that criteria. Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast," an ESPN statement said.

What wasn't clear is if Simmons was suspended without pay. Simmons, who is editor-in-chief of Grantland, produces the ESPN on demand podcast "The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons" where the comments about Goodell where made.

The ESPN suspension also forbids Simmons from using his Twitter account.