Barstool founder Dave Portnoy held an emergency press conference Monday morning where he vowed not to succumb to the “cancel culture.”
“They’ve been trying to cancel me for two decades — I’m uncancellable,” Portnoy said.
On Sunday, videos resurfaced featuring Portnoy using racist language including a 2016 tweet about Colin Kaepernick where he compared the quarterback’s appearance to Osama Bin Laden.
“So I’m going to say something that’s racist,” Portnoy noted in a 2016 video before claiming he thought Kaepernick was involved with ISIS. “Throw a head wrap on this guy, he’s a terrorist.”
The video was shared and criticized on Twitter by Jemele Hill who wrote “this is terrible, but then again, consider the source.”
In response to Hill’s “consider the source,” Portnoy shared multiple stories published by Barstool which defended Kaepernick in recent years. Someone from Barstool’s audience also dug deep to find a tweet from 2009 when Hill made light of an offensive transgender joke.
“My fb friends are calling him ‘Manny the Tranny’… so inappropriate and hilarious,” Hill wrote in 2009 after Manny Ramirez was suspended by Major League Baseball for taking a women’s fertility drug.
Portnoy shared the 2009 tweet in an attempt to spin the “cancel police” back on Hill.
But by Monday morning, Portnoy’s response was less about Hill and more about making sure Barstool avoids the “cancel culture,” noting the various dated clips of audio, video and blog posts from the platform that would now be considered offensive.
“Sensitivities change, cultures change. When you’ve been doing it as long as we have, things f**king change,” Portnoy said. “I’m not going to apologize, I’m not going to bend the knee.”
“Keep in mind, there isn’t one person I’ve ever worked with, who has worked for me, we’ve done business with, interacted with, who will ever back up anything these haters say,” he later added. “Not one! And I’ve worked with thousands and thousands and thousands of people.”
“Whenever you try to cancel us, and do these movements that pop up once every couple of years, it only makes us stronger,” Portnoy said near the close of his video. “Normal people only want an escape for a couple f**king seconds from this f**ked-up world, and that’s all we’re trying to do. And it just makes them like us more.”
Online Sports Betting Not Happening In Maryland In 2022
“Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl.”
Online sports betting in Maryland appears to have no shot of happening this year due mainly to the fact that the state’s oversight committee on sports wagering is hung up on how to bring women and minority-owned businesses into the fold.
The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC) is currently awaiting results of a disparity study by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.
Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl. But given where SWARC is, the whole process is being held up to the point that it’ll likely be later in 2023 before residents can use their phones to place bets.
It’s been just over a year since Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation that legalized sports betting in the state. Since then, five casinos in the state have opened retail sportsbooks.
The casinos have handled more than $132 million in bets since December. $26.9 million in wagers were placed in April alone.
Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State
“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”
Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.
He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”
He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”
It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.
The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.
Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.
The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.
Others used the feud to create comedy.
Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.
The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.
Bleav Announces Partnership With SiriusXM
“The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.”
A new partnership will see content from the Bleav Podcast Network come under the SiriusXM umbrella. All 32 of the network’s NFL team-specific podcasts will now be available on the SXM app. The satellite radio company will also have the ability to air Bleav content on its sports channels.
“SiriusXM is a leader in content. We’re very happy to be a part of their programming and continue to amplify the voice of our talent,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said in a press release. “SiriusXM listeners will be able to regularly hear from athletes that played for their team, bringing fans insight and access that only a player can.”
The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.
The deal will also lead to more content in the future. The companies expect to add to the Bleav content available on the SXM App, including shows focused on other professional and college sports.
“Bleav’s team-focused programming, hosted by many former stars from the league, give fans a unique and experienced perspective into their favorite players and franchises,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts. “Bleav’s network of shows deliver valuable insight for fans of every NFL team. They are a great addition to the selection of sports podcasts available on the SXM App and we look forward to adding other shows, focused on other sports, from the Bleav network to SiriusXM in the future.”