Dave Portnoy suspended from Twitter for posting email exchange with Business Insider editor

"Nothing like 'journalists' who write slanderous hit pieces, put it behind a paywall, use it as marketing to make money and then refuse to defend their work," Portnoy captioned the email receipts.


Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy was suspended from Twitter for sharing an email exchange with the editor of Business Insider over the "rough sex" expose.

Portnoy said Tuesday in an Instagram story that he had been suspended from the platform for posting an email correspondence with Insider editor-in-chief Nicholas Carlson, which showed a Barstool staffer requesting that Carlson appear on Portnoy's video podcast to discuss the controversial Business Insider article.

"We'll make it as fair as possible and you can bring as many people as possible as you'd like," the email invite to Carlson reads. "You can video/record the whole conversation and repost for your own purposes."

Carlson replied by declining the formal invitation on "The Dave Portnoy Show," stating that Business Insider wanted their lengthy report to "speak for itself."

"Nothing like 'journalists' who write slanderous hit pieces, put it behind a paywall, use it as marketing to make money and then refuse to defend their work," Portnoy captioned the email receipts in a Monday post. "There is clear evidence that refutes their 'reporting' that @businessinsider refuses to acknowledge."

"Meanwhile I'm an open book," Portnoy added on Instagram.

In the Instagram story announcing that he's suspended on Twitter for 12 hours, Portnoy stressed that Carlson posted his home address.

Portnoy launched an offensive against the outlet since it published an expose where several women accused the pop culture icon of sexual misconduct.

One of the accusers said she was left "literally screaming in pain" during an encounter, Business Insider reported. "It was so rough I felt like I was being raped," an alleged victim, identified only as Madison, said she texted to a friend. Another woman told Insider she was suicidal after having sex with Portnoy.

All three women remained anonymous. The story was reported out over the course of eight months by Business Insider journalist Julia Black.

In an email, a Barstool Sports attorney said many of the accusations in the article "embody half-truths, are highly misleading, lack appropriate context, and appear to have been provided to you by individuals whose motivations and trustworthiness should at least have been fully vetted."

The legal counsel asked for more time for further comment, according to the outlet. Business Insider said it provided an additional two days, but the Barstool Sports lawyer did not provide additional comment or communication.

Portnoy himself has since denied the rough sex allegations, claiming the accusations that he has a kinky appetite for violent sex are "100 percent untrue."

Within hours of the article's publication, Portnoy responded Thursday in a video on Twitter, maintaining that the sexual experiences were consensual. Portnoy called the Insider story "a hit piece" that was "eight months in the making."

"The only proof so far that has come out after the article was published are DM's I provided and a police report that directly contradicts their story and backs me up," Portnoy tweeted days later on Sunday. "So yes the quotes attributed to the 2 women in the business insider article are lies. I stand by that and anybody who did an ounce of unbiased research would come to the same conclusion."

In an appearance on Fox News host Tucker Carlson's show Monday night, Portnoy further denied the allegations and referred to the Business Insider article as a "character assassination." Carlson and Portnoy speculated in the segment that the Business Insider story was published as part of a conspiracy to tank the stock of Penn National Gaming, which owns a 36 percent stake in Barstool Sports.

Despite the denials, Business Insider said it stands by its reporting.

Portnoy's last tweet on Twitter before the suspension states: "I've eliminated sleep from my schedule. Just running on adderall, coffee and revenge nowadays."


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