Barstool Sports' Dave Portnoy Doubts Roger Goodell Will Honor Agreement: 'Not a Man of His Word'

John Healy
May 12, 2020 - 10:10 am

There is no love lost between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, and now the latter is putting the commish in an awkward spot.

Portnoy recently won an auction to watch a Monday Night Football game with Goodell in the commissioner’s basement after posting a winning bid of $250,000, which is all going to COVID-19 charities.

But now the question is whether or not Goodell will allow Portnoy – who has been a thorn in the commissioner’s side since the Deflategate scandal – into his home and honor the contest.

“I’d be very surprised if they honor the agreement,” Portnoy told WFAN’s “Boomer and Gio” on Tuesday morning. “Crazier things have happened … but nothing would be more surprising to me than him honoring his agreement.”

Boomer, who spent most of the interview providing the perspective of the NFL and Goodell, said that he believes the commissioner is a man of his word, to which Portnoy objected.

“I do not think he's a man of his word. I think he's told a million lies,” Portnoy said. “He’s rarely given the opportunity to a reporter to ask him the difficult questions. ... He surrounds himself with softball questions.”

Portnoy said that if Goodell does indeed follow through and let him into his home, he will grill him with the questions that not only Patriots fans want to hear him answer, but all NFL fans.

“The way he’s handled major scandals…he made Deflategate the lead story in the world for like two years,” Portnoy said. “To me, he’s done a very poor job in PR. The business side, he’s the most overpaid human who ever lived … If I grew up as the son of a Senator and around the NFL as long as he has, I could do that job. … He gets paid $40 million a year to be a punching bag.”

Tuesday, coincidentally, marked the five-year anniversary of when Portnoy and three of his employees staged a protest outside the NFL headquarters and were arrested after demanding to speak with Goodell regarding his handling of Deflategate and Tom Brady.

The animosity between the two has only grown since then, with Barstool selling T-shirts of Goodell wearing a clown nose and the NFL barring Barstool from NFL events such as media day and even the Super Bowl itself.

Portnoy contends that if Goodell does welcome him (and lets him film) into his home, it would smooth things over and everyone would come out winners, but history points that being unlikely.

“They have the right to disqualify me,” Portnoy said, regarding the terms of the deal. “They could say you got arrested [five] years ago for Deflategate so see you later. … I’m told they have a file on me – it’s a dossier … If he wanted to play along with it he would come across good. I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

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