By Mary Cunningham

Bill Simmons is retiring the Keith Olbermann trophy for burning bridges!

In an interview with the New York Times pegged to his new ventures — The Ringer and a show on HBO — Simmons suggested that Disney’s CEO (Disney is a partial-owner of ESPN), Bob Iger, wanted to buy a stake in one of the NFL teams in Los Angeles. Simmons said:

“One of my working theories was, maybe this was driven by Iger because he wants a team.”

ESPN president John Skipper responded to the Times with this retort:

“Bill would rather spin conspiracy theories and be perceived as a martyr than take responsibility for his own actions. Let me be unequivocal and clear and take responsibility for my actions: I alone made the decision, and it had nothing to do with his comments about the commissioner. I severed our relationship with Bill because of his repeated lack of respect for this company and, more importantly, the people who work here.”

Last week, Simmons was the subject of a long feature in the Hollywood Reporter. Per usual, he didn’t mince words when he talked about ESPN, his former employer from whom he had a famously acrimonious split. He said of the network:

“Who would work there that you respect right now?”

Simmons later apologized to “the great and talented people” he knows who still work at ESPN in an Instagram post.