El Wingador court appearance Friday

update Jun 22 NJ.com reports that Bill Simmons’ bail was not reduced from $100,000. His sentence is estimated at 10-20 years if found guilty.

NJ.com reports that Bill “El Wingador” Simmons will have a court appearance tomorrow to seek a lowering of his $100,000 bail which has yet to be paid and that public defender Richard O’Brien will serve as his attorney. Patch.com has quotes from Angelo Cataldi saying he would be willing to act as a character witness if the case is tried. Philly.com has an article with quotes from Rick “The Manager” Russo and Jon Squibb. More “El Wingador” links:

Comments (29)


  1. anonymous said

    June 21, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

    A character witness? Sure as long as he doesnt have to lay out a dime. Pay his bail you cheap bastard, You and that joke of a radio station make enough dough to let him loose

  2. anonymous said

    June 21, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    Has anyone checked out Furious Pete video? Calls Wingador a fat garbageman while sporting a huge smile. Pete i bet you would not say that to his face now would you? As pumped as you appear i think this is one fist fight i guarantee you would not win

  3. anonymous said

    June 21, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

    Obvious this guy is flat broke if he is relying on a public defender to get him off the hook. Cataldi character witness testimony has about as much of a chance of getting him off the hook as Phil Spector has in his 2nd degree murder appeal. I would not be surprised if the wife left him way before he was arrested. This will not end on a happy note i can tell you that much

  4. order in the court said

    June 21, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    I would seriously wait till we receive input from Rhonda Evans before we post further commentary on this matter

  5. anonymous said

    June 21, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    3800 hits on Pete video in less than 48hrs . Yeah i guess the world is anxious to hear what he has to say about anything

  6. anonymous said

    June 22, 2012 @ 12:10 am

    Wingador stole the headlines when we were supposed to be focusing on Shredder loss in Charlotte

  7. Anonymous said

    June 22, 2012 @ 12:45 am

    Like it or not, furious Pete is a driving force for competitive eating

  8. Anonymous said

    June 22, 2012 @ 6:06 am

    If Wingador was so amazing- such a athlete and stand up guy, why is he dealing drugs instead of making these epic box office hits? Because he was putting all his wing sauce $ up his nose. Notice the police raided 2 residences? Yup. His old lady gave him the boot! Tried to keep her kids out of it. CBS and Restelli Foods has already dropped him. Innocent or guilty it all comes down to what the media thinks. As far as him getting off for being a celebrity- you people watch to many law and order episodes. That ain’t happening. They’ll make an example out of him.

  9. anonymous said

    June 22, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    Wingador may be big but he certainly cannot fight. Then again how do we know Pete can fight. He’s Canadian eh!

  10. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    June 22, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    Well, Pete sure has balls, I’ll say that. Yes, looking “pumped” has little to do with being able to back up what you say. In a physical confrontation, I’ll take the “garbage man,” over Pete, without giving it a second thought.

    I respect Pete for his enthusiasm, self-confidence, and CE ability, but I do not respect the actions of anyone who intentionally degrades someone else in a public forum.

    Regarding Pete calling Wingador a “fraud,” well, compared to Takeru, is Pete not one also?.

  11. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    June 22, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    Again, for those of you have already have Wingador locked in a cell for which there exists no key, you are in for a surprise. That is, if you’re not just talking to hear yourself talk and if you really believe your assertions.

  12. anonymous said

    June 22, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    Even Seiken wouldnt got that far in a diss video. Never know when you might run into a garbage man

  13. Randy Santel said (Registered June 2, 2010)

    June 22, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    This case can be summed up by 2 words… Public Defender!! & that is not good for Bill 🙁

  14. Anonymous said

    June 22, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Rhonda is really going all out this morning and it will be very interesting to see what actually happens at the hearing. As for Pete, lots of trash talking is not at all unusual, Pete stands pretty much alone as an independent even if he did compete against Kobayashi. No one except for Joey and a bear (and that one time when he was beaten in Japan) has ever beat Kobayashi. See no real connection of Kobayashi to Wingador, TK got his money and his press as he continues to do. As for Simmons, someone does not suddenly get involved in heavy drugs and distributing them. Things take a very long time to thread their way through courts and of course many people love scandal. Let’s see what today brings Rhonda, you always keep things going on here and in a good way.

  15. Cmon George said

    June 22, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    George Shea has loads of money why cant he do a good deed and bail him out? George was responsible for bringing Wingador into the IFOCE when it first took shape so why cant he help him out now? They will pull in close to or maybe more than a quarter of a million with Nathans. so why not use half of that to bail out Wingador so she could spend time with his family?

  16. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    June 22, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    Slow day for me, for sure, and apparently on eatfeats too.

    A 9:01, thanks for the kind words. It’s nice to have one or two people indicate someone’s words are paid attention to, in a positive way.

    One thing is for sure. OJ’s Eatfeats has certainly made many of my days more tolerable, at least, and lots of fun, at best.

    Thank you OJ, and thanks to perpetually positive people like Larrell, Rona, Badlands, Legs, Sonya, Big Sexy, and others who make following CE as much fun as it would otherwise be without them.

  17. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    June 22, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    Sorry about the extra “L,” Larell. 🙂

  18. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    June 22, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    Rhonda – Eh, an xtra “L” in my name should be the worst version of my name I’ve seen lol 🙂 I still applaud your compassion for the difficulties his family will be put through regardless of what the heartless haters are saying. Lmbooo, am sooo glad they’re not the friends I have in my corner 🙂

  19. Anonymous said

    June 22, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    Bill still in jail. http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2012/06/update_bill_el_wingador_simmon.html

  20. anonymous said

    June 22, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    Furious Pete laughs at the situation in his video? I wonder how he would handle it if the shoe was on the other foot ?

  21. anonymous said

    June 22, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    To those of you that find it funny posting comments that he will.pay a fine get with the real world 10 to 20 yrs is practically the end of his life. Assholes !

  22. Anonymous said

    June 22, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    He’s be furious.

  23. Anonymous said

    June 22, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    The prosecutors photo shows him with a goatee and dark hair…. now its dyed blonde and is clean shaven. Has he dyed his doo since his arrest or am i missing something

  24. anonymous said

    June 22, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    The Goatee and dark hair picture is a least 7-8 years old.

  25. anonymous said

    June 22, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    I think he told the prosecuter keep me in jail I deserve it

  26. anonymous said

    June 23, 2012 @ 1:49 am

    Distribution of Cocaine
    In New Jersey, under applicable statute N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, it is unlawful to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute. Penalties vary based on the amount of cocaine at issue. The following is a layout of the charges relating to different amounts of cocaine, and the penalties that result on conviction.
    Five ounces or more is a First Degree Crime which carries penalties of 10 to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
    One-half ounce or more, but less than five ounces is a Second Degree Crime which carries penalties of 5 to 10 years in prison if convicted.
    Less than one-half ounce is a Third Degree Crime which carries penalties of 3 to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $75,000.

  27. Adult said

    June 23, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    Have some compassion. How could you be so mean?

  28. anonymous said

    June 24, 2012 @ 11:04 am


    Has anyone read this article? OJ posted it last year prior to WB 20. The video link does not work. Wingador claims he works out like a psycho cardio weights treadmill. If his physique is the result of intense cardio , i honestly cannot see where all that exercise pays off especially on him

  29. BigPapa said

    June 25, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    Im still betting that they start drug testing events. I’d be curious to see all the eaters who get busted for that. Drugs are drugs- steroids, throat relaxers, cocaine, pot… I may not be able to keep up with the best of ya, but at the end of the day I know I got there on my own.

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