Bill Simmons breaks his Twitter silence in wake of Deflategate punishments

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell got Bill Simmons to break his Twitter silence. Just hours after the NFL announced punishments for the Patriots and Tom Brady for Deflategate, Boston’s most famous sports fan shared three videos from the Patriots’ win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

Simmons’s social media accounts had been quiet since ESPN announced on Friday that the network would not be renewing his contract when it runs out at the end of September. ESPN president John Skipper made the announcement in a statement.

The “tipping point’’ in the increasingly contentious relationship between ESPN and Simmons, the editor-in-chief of Grantland and an executive producer of the “30 for 30’’ documentary series, was the critical comments he made about Goodell on “The Dan Patrick Show,’’ according to James Andrew Miller, author of the definitive ESPN history. Simmons appeared on the former ESPN star’s radio program on May 7 and called out Goodell’s “lack of testicular fortitude’’ in handling the scandal.

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