Barstool Sports founder David Portnoy has been accused of sexual assault. According to reporting by Julia Black for Business Insider, at least two women were assaulted by Portnoy. The leader of the frat boy sport and humor site has a reputation for controversy.
After the report circulated throughout the internet, Portnoy went to Facebook Live to give his side of the story. It painted a picture of an angry, defensive man. He attacked the story’s writer, first. He said she was out to write a hit piece.
“I’m pretty confident in myself. I know I’ve never done anything weird with a girl ever. Never anything remotely non-consensual… She was going to continue to dig and dig and dig whether it took four months, eight months, eight years, to fulfill the narrative she had already decided upon before she even started this article.”
He also expressed his signature bravado during the message. He painted himself as a brave hero, defying legal advice because he is so confident that what he was saying was the truth. It’s that kind of arrogance that has produced many a critic of Portnoy over the years.
“Lawyers have been talking to me, boards… You should say this, you shouldn’t say this, you should do that. Listen. I’ve ignored everything they said. I’m gonna do what I always do. I’m just gonna tell the truth. Shoot from the hip and tell you exactly how I feel and where I’m at.”
The angry tirade also directly addressed two allegations that David Portnoy described as “jarring.” He said anybody guilty of the allegations should be in prison. He then described the story the alleged victim was telling. He then completely denied that incident.
“We had sex it was so rough she was screaming, crying, pain, Stop… Stop, she recalls. And then like two days later, reached over to a friend and said she felt like a sex doll during sex. Based on that description of the story, I would have absolutely zero idea who we’re talking about.”
He then says that after some digging, he did “hook up” with the person making the allegations. He says that it was 100% consensual, despite his legal counsel advising him not to speak in absolutes. He then upgraded his assessment to 100 million percent consensual. Nothing to see here.
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