Dave Portnoy thinks Roger Goodell will back out of charity meeting
Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy took his love for trolling Roger Goodell to new heights this week, but he does not believe he will actually get the opportunity to spend some quality one-on-one time with the NFL commissioner.
The NFL recently auctioned off a chance to watch a “Monday Night Football” game with Goodell in his fan cave, and Portnoy submitted the winning bid at $250,000. So will the meeting actually happen? Portnoy told WFAN’s Boomer & Gio this week that he would be stunned if Goodell goes through with it.
“I’d be very surprised if they honor the agreement,” Portnoy said. “Crazier things have happened, but nothing would be more surprising to me than him honoring his agreement. He’s not a man of his word. He’s told a million lies. He’s never given the opportunity to a reporter to ask him the difficult questions. He surrounds himself with softball questions.”
Portnoy and three of his cohorts once got arrested at the NFL headquarters for protesting the league’s handling of Deflategate. Tom Brady gave the crew a shout-out on Twitter this week in honor of the five-year anniversary of the arrests. Portnoy has also been banned by the NFL and was even handcuffed and kicked out of the Super Bowl a year ago.
Barstool Sports has sold a T-shirt with Goodell’s face on it looking like a clown, and a former member of the New England Patriots’ coaching staff wore it at one point.
It remains to be seen if Goodell will try to bury the hatchet with Portnoy, who is a lifelong Boston sports fan and recently sold his company to Penn National Gaming for $450 million. If Goodell does decide to go through with it, it would be a great way for him to save face with many NFL fans.