Bill Simmons Under Fire For Racism
Bill Simmons came under fire for racism this week.
Simmons, the founder of The Ringer, was accused in a recent New York Times column of not creating opportunities for people of color within his organization.
There were several specific issues highlighted by the New York Times story.
One was a recent podcast between Simmons and Ryen Russillo, where the latter referred to recent protests as instances of “looters” who were “breaking into sneaker shops.”
Simmons was condemned for not taking a strong stance against this.
The New York Times also cited employees being unhappy about a black editor not overseeing NFL coverage at The Ringer.
Another problem? “He started The Ringer with an all-white team of founding editors,” the New York Times writes.
The Ringer reportedly has six black editorial staff members. There are roughly 90 total employees in the company.
“Four former black employees, three of whom spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of antagonizing Mr. Simmons, said they often felt uncomfortable at The Ringer,” the New York Times added.
It remains to be seen how Simmons will ultimately address the racism issues pointed out by the New York Times.
Simmons sold The Ringer to Spotify late last year for approximately $200 million.