BILL SIMMONS BURNS ESPN BRIDGE OVER CLOSING OF GRANTLAND.COM

By Peter Gleason

Bill Simmons is rapidly catching up with Keith Olbermann in the race to burn the most media bridges.

Simmons is none-too-pleased with ESPN’s apparent abrupt closure of his former website, Grantland.com, which was suspended “effective immediately” on Friday.

“I loved everyone I worked with at G and loved what we built. Watching good/kind/talented people get treated so callously = simply appalling,” Simmons tweeted shortly after news of the shuttering broke.

Approximately 40 people will be affected by the closure, including full-time staff, contract writers and freelancers.

Some Grantland contributors found out the ESPN.com spinoff site’s fate via Twitter, where fans instantly exploded with shock and disgust over the dismantling. “Grantland” skyrocketed to the top of the United States Trends chart.

Simmons and ESPN had parted ways in May after battling publicly over the blogger, podcaster and TV host’s criticism of his Disney employer. Chris Connelly took over as Grantland’s editor-in-chief following the contentious Simmons exodus.

Self-proclaimed Sports Guy Simmons signed a multi-year multi-platform deal with HBO in July that includes a new weekly series debuting in 2016.

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