Barstool Sports President Dave Portnoy rejected “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin’s baseless claims that multiple women from Barstool refused to grant an interview with HBO because the website’s co-founder made rape threats against them.
Hostin made the charges Monday during a discussion on Portnoy landing a big interview with President Donald Trump last week on a wide range of topics including Twitter, the coronavirus and sports. While Portnoy’s followers were pleasantly surprised and the interview racked up millions of views, Hostin remained unamused staying true to form and calling Portnoy a racist, as has become a go-to attack for the ABC host.
“It didn’t strike me as odd, at all, that [Trump] chose to sit with Dave Portnoy, because Dave Portnoy is such a controversial figure. I mean, he’s had many of his employees quit because of racism, he called [Colin] Kaepernick an ‘ISIS guy,’ … over a dozen women Barstool Sports reporters refused to sit down with HBO because they feared rape threats, he’s been on video using the n-word and, so, it’s not surprising to me that Trump would sit down with someone with that kind of reputation,” Hostin said.
Portnoy denied the charges on Twitter, clarifying that his taped use of the n-word came from a lyric to a Ja Rule song.
“I made it to View!” Portnoy wrote to kick off the online statement, going on to say Hostin’s rape claim was “a flat lie.”
I made it to View!
1. @soledadobrien did full story on me for HBO so that’s a flat lie
2. Never made a rape threat. That’s a flat lie
3. Sang a lyric to Ja Rule song on camera 5 years ago to announce he was performing at our Super Bowl party. (Context matters)#fakenews https://t.co/MjKU50p0Qd
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) July 27, 2020
Portnoy, who leads a successful sports comedy website that hasn’t sacrificed its authenticity to exhaustively pursue political correctness, is no stranger to baseless allegations and dark elements of cancel culture. After several attempts from the most prominent of the woke left, Portnoy knows his status among the small group of uncancellables.
“I hate to break it to you guys but whenever you try to cancel us and do these movements that pop up every few years, it only makes us stronger,” Portnoy said in a video on Twitter after jokes came under fire for being politically insensitive.
Emergency Press Conference – Cancel Culture Is Coming For My Head pic.twitter.com/FS3SCMd0BP
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) June 29, 2020