Barstool Sports Founder Dave Portnoy Responds To ‘Violent’ Sexual Misconduct Allegations Detailed In ‘Hit Piece’

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy is being accused of having “violent and humilating” sex in a slew of sexual misconduct allegations that he has vehemnly denied.

The allegations were published by Business Insider on Thursday, which identified two women — who went by pseudonyms for fear of retaliation — accusing Portnoy of turning sexual experiences violent.

The incidents with both women happened during the summer of 2020 at Portnoy’s home in Nantucket.

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The women details sexual encounters that may have breached the boundaries of consent, or at the very least, involved an imbalanced power dynamic that made them vulnerable. 

'Madison' likened her encounter with Portnoy to 'being raped.'

One of the women, who used the name Madison, said that she had been messaging Portnoy on Instagram when she was only 20 and he was 43. 

Portnoy had offered to pay for her first-class ticket to his home, and it was upon her arrival that Madison says she started to feel uncomfortable after he began recording her without her consent during oral sex.

The encounter reportedly escalated from there, and that Portnoy ignored her when she cried out, telling him to stop because it was “too much.”

Instead of listening, Portnoy “only went harder,” choking her so hard during sex that she couldn’t breathe.

Madison claimed she had felt like “a human sex doll” as Portnoy ignored her pleas for him to stop. 

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“It was so painful,” Madison said. “I kept trying to get away and he was like, ‘Stop running away from me. Stop running away from me.’”

Madison had also shared screenshots of a text message that she had sent her friend following the assault, where she likened her experience to “being raped.”

“It was so rough I felt like I was being raped . . . I was literally screaming in pain.”

'Allison' was reportedly suicidal after meeting Portnoy.

Another woman, who was referred to as Allison, did not refer to her experience as sexual assault but instead felt as if she were being “preyed on” and that it was “really aggressive.”

Allison was 19-years-old when she began messaging Portnoy, after getting encouragement from her older sister.

In an interview with Insider, Allison said it was common for locals in New England to “try and land an invitation to Portnoy’s house” for the parties he threw.

Allison eventually landed that invitation, but her friends were reportedly not invited. After denying the first time, she was extended another invitation and felt pressured to go by her friends.

During her encounter with Portnoy, Allison said the sex was “aggressive” and that there was choking involved. 

“​​He kept spitting in my mouth, which was really gross,” Allison said. “I was kind of scared. I didn’t want to disappoint him.”

Three days after the encounter, Allison was hospitalized after becoming suicidal and depressed.

Her mother contacted the police, but Allison stopped her, claiming she didn’t want to pursue Portnoy for fear that he would “drag me through the mud.”

Dave Portnoy responded to the allegations.

Portnoy posted two videos to his Twitter account in which he denied the allegations, and accused Business Insider of drafting a “hit piece” against him.

“I’m scared because they’re asking for more. It’s like they’re asking the internet, ‘Tell us bad stories about Dave Portnoy,'” he said. “Well guess what? A lot of f------ people hate me. I guarantee this: they’ll never be able to prove anything. Nothing, because nothing’s ever happened. But I can’t stop a he said, she said.” 

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Portnoy denied Madison’s claims that she had told him to stop, claiming that during the entire ordeal it was “100 percent consensual.”

He also made a comment that he had assumed Allison was 21 after showing messages between the two in which she suggested the two meet at a bar. 

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He also said he had never been contacted by the Nantucket police regarding the incident, but that he felt “awful” that Allison was depressed after the encounter.

“To me that’s pretty black and white... it’s such a strange area to be in because it’s a sensitive issue and these allegations are horrific,” Portnoy said. “But they’re saying she’s so depressed by me, suicidal almost. But she was continually hitting me up to hang out.... I don’t know.”  

Barstool Sports is known for controversial, sexist content.

Portnoy’s company, Barstool Sports has a heavy reputation of being extremely misogynistic, and racist, with the man running the business acting no differently.

Portnoy has defended his use of racist comments against Colin Kaepernick, supported a co-workers use of blackface, and used a racial slur in a video that surfaced last year.

He has also had a past of using rape jokes as well as making sexually degrading comments that are equally as disgusting.

In 2010, Portnoy had published a blog post in defense of an Australian man who had been acquitted of rape due to his victim wearing skinny jeans and therefore it must’ve been hard for him to get them off.

“Even though I never condone rape, if you’re a size 6 and you’re wearing skinny jeans you kind of deserve to be raped, right?” Portnoy wrote.

In May of 2021, he expressed regret for his comment, but not in the way that people had expected.

“Where I failed,” he said in an interview with Tucker Carlson, “I thought size 6 was like a size 20.”

In his videos, nowhere did Portnoy take accountability for the incidents with the two young women, nor has it seemed that he has ever taken accountability for any of the offensive and derogatory comments he has made during his career.

Instead, Portnoy paints himself as the victim, concluding his video by saying: “I’m scared now. Woke cancel culture wants to cancel me.” 

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Nia Tipton is a writer living in Brooklyn. She covers pop culture, social justice issues, and trending topics. Follow her on Instagram.