Barstool Sports CEO Dave Portnoy's Fiery Clash with Pizzeria Owner: 'F-k you!'

23:24 01.09.2023

In a dramatic turn of events, Barstool Sports CEO Dave Portnoy found himself in a heated confrontation with the owner of Dragon Pizza in Somerville, Massachusetts. Portnoy was in the midst of his popular One Bite pizza review series when he visited the pizzeria, which he now dubs "The Worst Pizza Place in America."

As Portnoy took a bite of the pizza, he immediately expressed his disappointment. "It's a floppy mess," he remarked. "Strong Parmesan. This is an acquired taste. Like if you get this, know you're going to get hit with a left-right in the face with Parmesan. I'm not the biggest parm guy...I just don't like parm. So I'm going to do you score that, because if you like parm, fine, if you don't, I don't, 6.4."

Little did Portnoy know that his negative review would spark a confrontation with the pizzeria's owner, Charlie Redd. Redd approached Portnoy and expressed his disapproval of the Barstool CEO's method of judging a business based on a single bite. "Dave, enjoy your pizza as any customer, but I don't appreciate what you do, coming in and judging a business with one bite," Redd stated before retreating inside the pizzeria.

However, Redd couldn't contain his anger and returned moments later to confront Portnoy once again. "Let me be a little clearer - move on and don't stand in front of my business," Redd exclaimed. Portnoy fired back, "Let me be clear - f**k you." The exchange escalated further as Redd responded, "Just go f**k yourself and the whole f**king platform you're on." The pizzeria owner even threatened to call the police, to which Portnoy defiantly challenged, "What are you going to tattle me on - for being on a public street?"

As tensions rose, Redd decided to take a selfie in front of Portnoy while flipping him the middle finger, making his disdain for the Barstool founder abundantly clear. Portnoy captured the entire altercation on video and shared it with his legion of followers.

It's worth noting that Portnoy's One Bite pizza reviews have amassed a devoted following of nearly 1 million subscribers on YouTube. However, this particular encounter at Dragon Pizza took an unexpected turn, with Portnoy finding himself embroiled in a public feud with the pizzeria's owner.

In addition to his fame from Barstool Sports, Portnoy recently made headlines for his philanthropic efforts during the pandemic. Through the "Barstool Fund," he raised over $41 million to support small businesses affected by shutdowns. Despite this, Redd expressed his frustration with the situation, stating, "I don't want to give him credit for complicating my life...I'm receiving death threats. I've received threats at my home."

Meanwhile, it's worth mentioning that Portnoy's sale of Barstool Sports to Penn Entertainment in 2016 ultimately resulted in financial losses for the company. Penn Entertainment acquired Barstool for a staggering $551 million, but reportedly lost approximately $800 million in the process. As a result, the company recently announced layoffs and cuts to mitigate the losses.

The confrontation at Dragon Pizza serves as a testament to the power and influence of social media in today's society. Portnoy's pizza reviews, although intended to entertain and inform his audience, have the potential to significantly impact the businesses he visits. While some may appreciate the exposure, others, like Charlie Redd, feel unfairly judged and attacked. This clash highlights the delicate balance between free expression and the potential consequences it may have on individuals and their livelihoods.

/ Friday, September 1, 2023, 11:24 PM /

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