ESPN Suspends Grantland: Staff Reacts With Shock, Sadness

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"Well that's the first time I've ever found out I was laid off via Twitter," one Grantland staffer wrote.

ESPN is "suspending" Grantland, the popular website created by Bill Simmons. Staff members took to Twitter almost immediately after the announcement and shared their surprise and sadness over the decision. 

At least one Grantland staffer claimed to have found out over social media.

Another writer just couldn't take what was unfolding.

Simmons called the move "simply appalling."

Simmons, a longtime ESPN personality, was dropped by the network in May. On his new podcast, which started weeks ago, Simmons said ESPN never cared about Grantland.

"Websites are like plants, you got to water them," he said earlier this month. "Unfortunately, ESPN is good at building stuff and creating stuff, launching stuff, but there comes a point where you have to decide what does this mean, how can we get from point A to point B to point C to point D to point E. We weren't even on their mobile page until I think January. We just had this tiny little hyperlink at the bottom of the ESPN.com mobile site."

Simmons said Grantland was understaffed, but everyone did what they could to make it a success. "People just really gave a shit," he said. "And they really worked as hard as possible to get that site up and to make it good."

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