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ESPN's Bill Simmons Calls NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a ‘Liar’ (Audio)

| by Michael Allen

ESPN commentator Bill Simmons called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a "liar” on his "B.S. Report" podcast on Monday.

Simmons claimed that Goodell knew about the second video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee (current wife) Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator before TMZ posted it on Sept. 8.

ESPN reported that the video was sent to the NFL back in April, which would contradict Goodell's claim that the NFL didn't see the video until Sept. 8.

"I just think not enough is being made out of the fact that they knew about the tape and they knew what was on it," Simmons said Monday (audio below), noted Business Insider.

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“Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on that tape, he’s a liar," added Simmons. “I’m just saying it. He is lying. I think that dude is lying. If you put him up on a lie detector test that guy would fail. For all these people to pretend they didn’t know is such f----- bull----. It really is — it’s such f------- bull----. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was.”

Goodell's press conference was engineered by GOP strategist and Fox News commentator Frank Luntz, noted Deadspin.com. By an amazing coincidence, Luntz just happened to be on Fox Sports where he gave Goodell a glowing review: "Language perfection."

Later on his podcast, Simmons dared anyone from ESPN to get him in trouble for his comments, reports Mediaite.com.

“I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell,” said Simmons. “Because if one person says that to me, I’m going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner’s a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast. Please, call me and say I’m in trouble. I dare you.”

Sources: Business Insider, Mediaite.com, Deadspin.com