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Bill Simmons Blasts ESPN For "Hijacking" Ideas, Premises From Him

This past May, it was announced that Bill Simmons, longtime ESPN employee and founder of Grantland, would be leaving the network. The breakup - unfortunately - hasn't exactly gone smoothly. Grantland, a few months later, was shut down. Simmons, meanwhile, has taken numerous shots at his former employer in the aftermath.

This week, Simmons announced his new website - The Ringer - will launch later this year.Tuesday night, he took a major shot at ESPN, accusing the network of "hijacking" ideas, columns and premises from him. It's a bold claim.

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We're not sure what Simmons is "keeping the list" for - but we're interested to find out.

Does Simmons have a right to be upset? Yes and no. He certainly put a lot of effort into building Grantland, and his creativity has helped the network diversify its offerings over the years. But at the end of the day, the site was funded by ESPN. It'll be interesting to see what The Ringer looks like.