Barstool sports mogul Dave Portnoy fired back at a New York Times reporter Monday after revealing news that contradicted her claims that he was part of a larger “hit piece” she was reportedly putting together over several months , had not provided any answers to her series of questions.
The Times ran a critical article that spotlighted Portnoy’s connections to the sports betting industry. Reporter Emily Steel listed a variety of controversies the Barstool boss has found himself involved in over the past two decades in an attempt to portray him as the wrong person to push legalized sports gambling.
Portnoy, who stressed he’s not a political person by nature, told Tucker Carlson Tonight Monday he reached out to Steel around April and had known about the piece, which he described as an “investigation,” for more than a year. designated.
“When I heard about it I said let’s sit down – open book. I’ll answer any question you have,” he said. “I don’t care what your politics are, how you sit — I’m a witness to a story that you’re basically working on for a year and I’m like, ‘I’m going to sit down with you. you can ask me anything. I’m not saying ‘lawyers in the room’. Nobody but me.”
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Steel was “not interested” in such a meeting, he said, and their correspondence long remained obscure until the reporter suddenly suggested several questions with a short answer window.
“Hey, we want all of these answers to all of these allegations in 48 hours,” he said.
“It would be the equivalent if this were a court case – because that’s what the Times does – [alleging] I’m a scumbag trying to influence people – that you basically give a lawyer a year to argue the whole case [and] You now have 30 seconds to defend yourself. Who would ever do that?”
Portnoy has been the subject of mainstream media ire for some time. Recently, Berks County, Pennsylvania-based gaming giant Penn Entertainment bought the remaining stake in Barstool, bringing Portnoy even greater prominence.
“[Steel] I never wanted to hear how we teach responsible gaming at our company. It was all a hit and she had no interest in hearing my side of the story,” Portnoy said.
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“[Steel] never interested in telling the truth. She just wanted to build a case against me. She’s never spoken to any of my friends, anyone who would advocate for it.”
In a recent request for comment for a separate article on Portnoy, a spokesman for the Times told Fox News Digital that “more than a week before the article was published, we gave Mr Portnoy the opportunity to answer detailed questions about our coverage, which is what was thorough and fact-based.”
“Although he refused to provide answers, we included his opinion in the story itself, despite his claims to the contrary,” the spokesperson said.
Portnoy called the Times a “liberal paper” while bemoaning the fact that it has become “a bit politicized”.
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“Listen, I don’t care if people don’t like me – I really don’t. All I’m saying is to give people the full picture,” he said.
Portnoy has made waves over the years, particularly when it comes to the NFL. He was once kicked out of Super Bowl Media Day, denied an opportunity to watch a game with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell despite winning an auction for it, and arrested at league headquarters in New York for he Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had protested the suspension of then-New England.
The feud even made its way to Congress, where House Judiciary Committee member Jim Jordan recently urged Goodell to “ban.”[ning] Dave Portnoy of NFL Games” despite his role as a press representative.
Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.