Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy accused The New York Times of reprinting a misleading statement claiming he “didn’t provide answers” to a series of questions surrounding an unflattering article about him on Sunday .
The Times ran a critical article spotlighting Portnoy’s ties to the sports betting industry, in which reporter Emily Steel listed a variety of controversies the barstool mogul has found himself embroiled in over the past two decades, in what appears to have been an attempt to establish himself portray him as the wrong person to push legalized sports gambling.
Buried under the negative article about Portnoy was a disclaimer indicating that Portnoy Barstool and parent company Penn Entertainment, Inc. did not respond when given the opportunity to tell their side of the story.
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“The Times asked Penn, Barstool and Mr. Portnoy detailed questions about this article. Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not answer,” Steel wrote.
The outspoken Portnoy took to Twitter to berate the Times and its reporter, releasing a direct message conversation he had with Steel that began last May. “Here’s the reality,” Portnoy wrote to caption the archived conversation.
The messages suggest Portnoy contacted Steel six months ago and told her he’d heard she was “trying to dig up dirt” and would “like to sit down and have a protocol conversation” and “would be happy to answer any questions.” . reporter has.
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Steel responded that she’d like to chat and suggested she’d return and get in touch “at some point in the near future.” Portnoy then clarified that he would only sit down with Steel if he could record the interview and also use the video.
“Will report back,” Steel replied.
Nearly two weeks later, Portnoy may have called Steel or the Times directly because the reporter messaged him again and wrote, “Thanks for calling this potential story.”
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Portnoy fired back, “I originally got in touch on May 10th. Today is the 23rd. They don’t seem very keen on speaking. Since I [have] was contacted by 39 women who repeated the exact same narrative. You try to catch them all off guard by asking “shady, leading, dishonest” questions, along with more serious allegations about your ethics and your manner of questioning.”
Portnoy told Steel she “doesn’t try to separate fact from fiction” and accused her of having a “preconceived narrative” that she would dig around until she found enough to cover it.
“If you have nothing to hide, you should have been ‘eager’ to sit down with me two weeks ago or ‘eager’ now,” Portnoy wrote.
Steel replied that she disagreed with Portnoy’s characterizations.
It seems several months have passed and Steel contacted Portnoy again via Twitter direct messages to remind him that she had sent an email looking for answers to certain questions and would need answers by the end of the day would.
“I’ve seen it. You have so many factual inaccuracies it’s actually ridiculous. It almost seems like you need me to review your own hit article about me, which I won’t. I offered you the chance to sit down with me 6 months ago. You said you were “eager” and would set it up. That was the first of many lies you told. I am so sorry that I will not do your job and tell you all the facts that you got wrong. It’s below me to acknowledge this hatchet with a reply. You are exactly who I knew you were,” Portnoy wrote.
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Steel and Portnoy argued back and forth, with the Times reporter eventually offering to meet in New York or to phone. She said Portnoy could record “audio but not video” of the proposed meeting.
“Video and audio or nothing. People can pretty much tell by body language who is honest and who isn’t honest. The interview has to be in Miami. They come to me. They’ve had almost a year to speak to me. I’m not running around at 11 to accommodate you You waited for your hit song to finish and now all you have to say is that you gave me a fair chance to speak despite having no interest in the truth and yours Article is already written. I’m not an idiot, this is not my first rodeo,” Portnoy wrote.
Steel replied that she did not accept his terms. The article appeared, and the Times simply told readers that it “provided Penn, Barstool and Mr. Portnoy with detailed questions about this article. Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not answer.”
The Time also included Portnoy’s quote: “You have so many factual inaccuracies that it’s actually ridiculous…It is beneath me to give an answer to honor that hatchet job.”
The newspaper stood by its reporter when asked for comment.
“More than a week before the article was published, we offered Mr. Portnoy an opportunity to answer detailed questions about our thorough and fact-based reporting on the story itself, despite his claims to the contrary,” a Times spokesperson told Fox News Digital
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