Bill Walton Video: Analyst Makes Light of Bill Simmons' Suspension from Twitter
Bill Walton's commentating career has seen its share of ups and downs, but no one can deny that his colorful personality and wondering mind make for an interesting viewing experience.
Calling the Pac-12 Tournament for ESPN on Thursday night, Walton made sure to get a dig in at the network he is currently working for by mentioning the suspension of fellow ESPN anchor Bill Simmons.
The conversation between Walton and Dave Pasch went from Southwest Airlines to Simmons in a matter of seconds after Pasch mentioned that Walton should remember to not neglect some of the other sponsors if he wanted to stay in good graces with his bosses.
As flippant with Pasch as he was talented on the court, Walton responded tersely by saying, "They're gonna suspend Bill Simmons; anything is possible!"
Pasch quickly brushed the statement aside, but the damage was done.
Walton, of course, is referring to Simmons' beef with ESPN's First Take program that features sports personalities Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. Simmons lashed out on Twitter at the program last week, going so far as to advise his followers to stop watching the program if it bothered them and say that he "wasn't defending" their "awful" segment.
ESPN took action on Thursday (via USA Today, h/t Deadspin), suspending the anchor from Twitter. That's what Walton was referring to in his statement about the fellow personality, sarcastically noting that if Simmons can garner a suspension from social media, then ESPN can discipline just about any action under the sun that hurts the brand.
Walton got a nice dig in on Thursday night, but personally, I'd much rather listen to his classic catchphrase—"Throw it down, big man, throw it down!" That never seems to get old.
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