Barstool Sports Founder Dave Portnoy Talks Roger Goodell And Chances Of Goodell Clown Shirts At Gillette
Almost everyone in the Boston market has heard of Barstool Sports at this point. Their founder, Dave Portnoy or El Presidente, has been a vocal member of the Anti-Roger Goodell crew.
Portnoy and fellow Barstool Sports staffers were the ones who were arrested at NFL headquarters several years ago for protesting Goodell for his investigation into Patriots QB Tom Brady and the alleged deflation of footballs.
“[Goodell] is a thin skinned little prick,” Portnoy said about Goodell still being upset about the shirt. “I mean the guy is making what 30-40 million dollars a year. He was wrong on this one. By the way who knows, as much as I hate Goodell, I chose to believe it because it helps us move merch. Every time I wake up it’s like a gift from God. This story and the t-shirt is back in the news again. There is no context to it. It’s just like he supposedly he is mad again. I believe anything with him.”
The t-shirt Portnoy is talking about, is one of Roger Goodell portrayed as a clown. A shirt that Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has worn and one that Portnoy wore on National TV during his appearance on Seth Meyer’s Late Night.
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) July 20, 2017
— Boston Herald (@bostonherald) July 20, 2017
One of his Goodell takes is one where he compares the NFL commissioner to Adolf Hitler. A comparison in which he still stands behind.
“Of course I do,” said Portnoy. “It seems like something [Hitler] would be mad about. If you put a clown nose on [Hitler’s] face I’m sure he would be talking about it months after the fact.”
While the comparison is extreme, it is one that has helped propel Barstool Sports into relevancy.
Potential For Goodell Clown Shirts At Patriots Home Opener
Portnoy’s clown shirt could be on display at Gillette Stadium on opening night with Rogel Goodell in attendance. This idea is one he has discussed, but at the moment the logistics have gotten into the way.
“It’s a very utopian idea. We cracked the numbers on that, you know it’s like 70,000 times six. It gets fairly expensive, so if someone wants to pony up that money, we will pony up the t-shirts,” Portnoy said.”
The idea of every Patriots fan wearing a Goodell clown shirt on National TV is one that gets Patriots nation filled with glee. 98.5 The Sports Hub radio personality Scott Zolak is one that fully supports a “Goodell Clown Out” at Gillette.
— Scott Zolak (@scottzolak) July 19, 2017
While the likes of Pardon My Take has put Barstool Sports into the stratosphere, the base of Barstool still sits with its founder. Portnoy still drives the narrative and in turn much of the sports talk in this town.
If El Presidente is able to get every Patriots fan into the Goodell Clown shirt for the home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, it will be one of his biggest accomplishments. While the chances of that happening are unlikely if there is one man that can do it, it’s Portnoy.
Would Mr. Kraft intervene if I was beating Roger Goodell within an inch of his life? pic.twitter.com/38ef1lAaEi
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) October 18, 2016
If interested in wearing the shirt at the home opener, here is the link to purchase.