In a recent turn of events, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has publicly criticized Tucker Carlson over his interview with convicted fraudster Larry Sinclair. Sinclair claimed during the interview that he had engaged in a drug-fueled sexual encounter with former President Barack Obama. Portnoy took to social media platform X to express his disbelief in Sinclair's claims, stating that he found him to be highly untrustworthy. Portnoy recalled meeting Sinclair two weeks prior when they were both invited to Carlson's studio for the interview, which was livestreamed on X (formerly known as Twitter).
"I would trust Anna Delvey before I trusted anything Larry Sinclair said," Portnoy wrote, referring to the German-Russian "fake heiress" who defrauded banks and impersonated a wealthy socialite. "Top to bottom maybe the least trustworthy human I've ever laid eyes on," Portnoy added, asserting that Sinclair's story had no chance of being true.
Portnoy, who recently sat down with Carlson for an interview following his reacquisition of Barstool, joined tech mogul Elon Musk in casting doubt on Sinclair's claims. Musk, who acquired Twitter and rebranded it as X, tweeted that the probability of Sinclair's claims being true would rely on objective evidence, rather than the words of someone with a questionable history.
During the interview on X, Carlson livestreamed a 42-minute conversation with Sinclair, during which the fraudster repeated his debunked claim from 15 years ago. Sinclair asserted that he did not know who Obama was when they allegedly met in 1999. He described a "night of crack cocaine-fueled sex" with the former president, claiming Obama returned for more the following day. However, Sinclair's previous accusations against Obama in 2008 were dismissed when he failed to provide evidence to support them.
Sinclair, now 61, has a history of criminal activity dating back to the 1980s. He has been convicted of larceny, theft, check forgery, and other charges, spending multiple stints in prison. Politico reported that Sinclair had 97 other infractions related to assault, threats, drug possession, intimidation, and verbal abuse between 1981 and 1996.
Elon Musk, the owner of X, publicly called out Carlson for not providing objective evidence in allowing Sinclair to make such claims on his platform. Musk emphasized the need for evidence to support Sinclair's allegations, given his dubious history. Neither X nor Carlson's talent agency, MN2S, have responded to requests for comment from The Post.
It is worth noting that Carlson has been broadcasting his show on X since being fired by Fox News in May. Musk has actively promoted X as a platform for interactive discussions and debates, contrasting it with traditional one-way broadcasting. The interview with Sinclair has garnered nearly 14 million views since its posting.
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