ESPN Sports Guy (and one-time Phoenician) Bill Simmons has given up his NBA Most Valuable Player vote, according to Business Insider's Jay Yarow, after it was discovered Simmons had more than just a rooting interest in one of the favorites for the award, LeBron James. Back in February, Simmons told listeners of his popular BS Report podcast that he had placed a bet on James (and Chris Paul) to win the MVP, along with a few other NBA futures. Well, apparently the people at NBA headquarters weren't listening, or didn't care, because at some point during the season they gave Simmons -- who's spoken frankly about his gambling many times in the past -- a ballot to vote for the very award on which he had bet. And according to Yarow's report, it seems Simmons had no intention of pulling his ballot until Business Insider started asking questions. You can read the whole thing here, but we brought up the potential for a Simmons conflict of interest more than a year ago. Too bad Vegas didn't offer a future on that.
(Hat tip to the always excellent beyondthebets.com, where I first saw this.)