Barstool Sports activities Cites Pretend Regulatory Excuse For Caving To The Woke Mob

Barstool Sports activities founder Dave Portnoy slammed Penn Nationwide’s determination to fireside worker Ben Mintz after Mintz repeated a racial slur whereas rapping alongside to a track Could 1. 

Barstool house owners Penn Nationwide Gaming cited regulatory strain behind Mintz’s firing, Portnoy said in a video announcement on Twitter. Portnoy railed in opposition to Penn’s determination within the six-minute clip, saying, “There may be simply no approach anybody can take a look at that clip and suppose the punishment matches the crime. It makes my pores and skin crawl, considering a man would lose their job on an harmless mistake.”

“It’s every thing I’ve stood in opposition to for 20 years,” he continued.

Portnoy cited Penn’s place as a playing firm and their obvious concern that state regulators would pull their playing licenses over Mintz’s speech. “They imagine there’s a respectable probability plenty of the states would pull their licenses due to this,” Portnoy mentioned. (RELATED: ‘What The F*ck Are You Doing?’: Barstool Sports activities President Says Biden Bought Fleeced Buying and selling The ‘Service provider Of Demise’)

“From Penn’s perspective, higher than risking your complete livelihood of the corporate on a fuck-up from Ben Mintz,” he continued.

Trial lawyer Robert Barnes disagreed with that notion and argued it was false. “No matter lawyer instructed them that’s mendacity. No state can legally revoke a sportsbook license due to any person’s speech” he tweeted in response to Portnoy’s announcement.

“No one is ever pulling a playing license for that,” according to JD Sharp, who covers sports activities betting on his radio present, The Vegas Take.

Penn’s inventory worth plummeted after the choice, shedding over 11% in lower than 24 hours. Portnoy mentioned he tried to warn the corporate: “I instructed Penn … you threat alienating [our fans] … there could also be nothing left to guard if you happen to undergo this.”

Penn acquired a 36% stake in Barstool for $163 million in 2020. The corporate bought all the remaining shares for $388 million in February. Portnoy addressed accusations that he offered out in a separate Twitter video Could 3. “No fucking doy I offered out,” he mentioned. “Yeah we offered the fuck out, and that’s what you do whenever you’re an entrepreneur. Nonetheless man, this determination sucks, I hate it, makes me wish to puke.”

Portnoy said he pulled an anti-cancel tradition sweatshirt from the web site’s retailer following Mintz’s firing.

Mintz apologized for the incident Monday. “This morning, I made an unforgivable mistake slipping on air whereas studying a track lyric. I meant no hurt & have by no means felt worse about something. I apologize for my actions. I’m really sorry & ashamed of myself,” he tweeted.

Mintz later said he was in good spirits, even revealing he obtained a telephone name from the mayor of his favourite sports activities workforce’s house city.