Last updated on: 4/14/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Bill Simmons Biography

Title:
Sports writer and podcast host
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“People have been cheating in baseball for decades. They’ve fixed games, stolen signs, corked bats, slimed balls, popped greenies and, yes, injected steroids and rubbed hGH cream. We’re told that baseball is America’s pastime, the implication being that it mirrors real life. And you know what? It’s true. A long time ago, Babe Ruth showed us that athletes, like everyone else, are imperfect. More recently, [Pete] Rose hammered home the point for any of us who might have forgotten it. What did McGwire make clear? That human beings are always searching for an edge, and when they find it, they use it.”

“A Hall of Justice,” ESPN The Magazine, Jan. 15, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder, TheRinger.com
  • Founding Editor, Grantland
  • Former columnist, “The Sports Guy,” ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine
  • Host, “The B.S. Report” podcast, ESPN.com
  • Former writer, Jimmy Kimmel Show
  • Former sportswriter, Boston Phoenix
  • Former sportswriter, Boston Herald
Education:
  • MA, Journalism, Boston College
  • BA, Political Science, College of the Holy Cross, 1992
Other:
  • Twitter: @BillSimmons
Quoted in:
  1. Should Baseball Players Who Have Used Banned Substances Be Voted into the Hall of Fame?