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Sam Ponder admits she has been ‘immature’ after uncovering of old tweets

Samantha Steele

Sam Ponder took aim at Barstool Sports this week after ESPN, the company she works for, partnered with the comedy website for a late-night TV show. And as they often do, the folks at Barstool found a way to fire back.

In a series of tweets earlier in the week, Ponder reminded her followers of a Barstool post from 2014 that called her a “bible-thumping freak.” She also pointed out that the company’s founder, Dave Portnoy, referred to her as a “slut” once. Portnoy, who insists the comment was made in jest and taken out of context, responded by digging up some old tweets from Ponder in which she used the same term and said some other regrettable things.

Barstool has a massive, loyal following, and those readers often help the site’s writers expose their attackers as hypocrites. The same thing happened this week when Fansided founder Adam Best encouraged men in the sports media industry to speak out against Barstool for being a “disgusting outlet.” After Best put Barstool in his crosshairs, one of the site’s writers dug up dozens of tweets proving Best has made misogynistic and sexist comments on numerous occasions.

The tweets Ponder sent were from nearly seven years ago, when she was still in her early-20s. On Wednesday, the “Sunday NFL Countdown” host said she has changed a lot and has no problem owning her mistakes.

Barstool’s show on ESPN2, “Barstool Van Talk,” premiered Tuesday night. It is hosted by Dan “Big Cat” Katz and PFT Commenter, who are the men behind “Pardon My Take,” the most popular sports podcast on the web. Barstool has been highly critical of ESPN in the past, especially with the way Portnoy attacked the network over its Deflategate coverage.

Despite the mini-war Ponder waged against Barstool, ESPN has no plans to cancel the new show.

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