Dave Portnoy gained’t be visiting Roger Goodell’s basement in spite of everything.
Portnoy, the Barstool Sports activities founder, introduced Friday on Twitter that the league rescinded the invitation to go to Goodell’s Bronxville, N.Y. house to observe “Monday Night time Soccer” that he initially gained in an NFL-organized public sale with a $250,000 bid as a result of he failed the preconditioned background verify. The winner additionally obtained two tickets to a regular-season NFL recreation, which Portnoy can even not be getting. He has been one of many NFL commissioner’s largest critics.
“Two-hundred and fifty grand to charity, I gained it honest and sq., and so they say no,” the 43-year-old Portnoy stated within the video. “Why? As a result of they’re afraid of me. They’re afraid of the mind, and so they’re not going to have some enjoyable with it. So, f–okay you, Roger Goodell. By the best way, don’t do charities and let the man win it who you don’t need to win it. That’s on you.”
Portnoy additionally ran via the listing of incidents he was concerned in that the league flagged, together with forging Tremendous Bowl LII Opening Night time credentials in 2019, being arrested for staging a sit-in protest on the NFL’s Park Avenue headquarters over Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension in 2015 and posting a nude picture of Brady’s then 2-year-old son in 2011.
“He was the best bidder, however the bid was contingent upon a background verify,” NFL vice chairman of communications Brian McCarthy instructed Sports activities Enterprise Journal. “So he consented to the background verify, and it got here again and he heard from the NFL at present that he didn’t move the background verify. He won’t be the winner.”
As an alternative, Portnoy stated the league won’t hold his cash and the NFL will donate $250,000 equally to the six charities it was supporting with its draft auctions.
A “deserving entrance line employee” concerned in aiding in the course of the coronavirus pandemic shall be chosen to get pleasure from Goodell’s home — the place he hosted this 12 months’s NFL draft — and the tickets as a substitute.