Sam Ponder Takes To Twitter To Slam Barstool Sports Ahead Of Start To ESPN Relationship
ESPN's Sam Ponder has taken issue with her company's new partnership with Barstool Sports, and "gave her newest colleagues a cold welcome on Twitter," according to Hannah Withiam of the N.Y. POST. Ponder began yesterday with a tweet meant as a message directed at Barstool's "Pardon My Take" co-host Dan Katz. She "sarcastically received him into the 'ESPN family' by attaching screenshots" from a '14 Barstool blog post that "told her to 'go f-k' herself for a tweet she posted following the Ray Rice scandal." Katz "quickly defended himself, repeatedly saying he didn’t write the blog post she referenced." It is "unclear if Ponder believes Katz is the author or if his affiliation" with Barstool Sports is "reason enough for her to speak out against her now coworker." Katz said Ponder probably has him “confused" with his boss -- Bartsool President Dave Portnoy (N.Y. POST, 10/17). But Ponder this morning tweeted, "I was wrong in thinking @BarstoolBigCat wrote that article & called me a slut repeatedly. He just continuously laughed along. It was the PRESIDENT of @barstoolsports who said these things. Happy to clarify" (TWITTER.com, 10/17). Portnoy last night also tweeted about the situation and "suggested that Ponder committed libel" (USATODAY.com, 10/17).