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    Bill ‘El Wingador’ Simmons: Jail time was ‘life-changing experience’

    A week and a half in jail was all Bill Simmons needed to convince him of his greater purpose.

    Simmons, who goes by “El Wingador” when he’s tossing back appetizers during the Wing Bowl, was arrested two weeks ago in New Jersey and charged with cocaine distribution.
    “Simmons came out of jail with a new-found awareness, respect and appreciation for Gov. Chris Christie’s efforts to alter the way New Jersey deals with nonviolent drug offenders,” a statement from his public relations rep reads.

    After getting to know the 18- and 19-year-olds in the cells around him, Simmons has decided he needs to help fight for them so they don’t spend too much time in jail for nonviolent drug offenses.

    “No matter what happens to me, I’m going to do anything I can to help these kids from the inside or the outside — hopefully from the outside — but I vow to help them, regardless,” Simmons said upon his release on bail earlier this week.

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