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NFL Won't Allow Barstool's Dave Portnoy To Watch "MNF" With Roger Goodell

Barstool Sports Founder Dave Portnoy won’t be allowed to watch a “Monday Night Football” game with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell despite being the high bidder for that experience during the NFL’s charity auction to support COVID-19 relief during the April draft, the league said today.

Portnoy, who won the auction with a $250,000 bid, failed a background check that was a precondition to follow through on the invite to Goodell’s home for a game, NFL VP/Communications Brian McCarthy said. The background check noted Portnoy’s multiple encounters with NFL security and the '11 incident in which he posted a nude photo of Tom Brady’s then-2-year-old son on Barstool.

The league also pointed to his arrest in '15 for trespassing at the NFL’s Park Avenue HQ during the Deflategate scandal, and trespassing in '16 that he posted online. Also, the league noted incidents at Super Bowl LIII week in Atlanta '19, including falsifying credentials for the opening night media interviews, and then violating a ban by attending the game itself later that week.

“He was the highest bidder, but the bid was contingent upon a background check,” McCarthy said. “So he consented to the background check, and it came back and he heard from the NFL today that he did not pass the background check. He will not be the winner.”

Portnoy fired back in a Twitter video shortly after SBJ reported the news.

“Two-hundred and fifty grand to charity, I won it fair and square, and they say no,” Portnoy said. “Why? Because they’re afraid of me. They’re afraid of the brain, and they’re not going to have some fun with it. So, f*** you, Roger Goodell. By the way, don’t do charities and let the guy win it who you don’t want to win it. That’s on you.”

The NFL will instead donate $250,000 equally to the six charities it was supporting during the draft-a-thon, and will select a “deserving front line worker” from the pandemic for the experience. Portnoy said he was informed his credit card won’t be charged.

Aside from the legal incidents, Portnoy has also been a persistent critic of Goodell. After he won the auction, he said in a Twitter video, "Two hundred and fifty grand. A quarter Milly. That’s how much it cost me. Good charity. Great charity. I’m happy to give the money. Let’s help people. Let’s go watch some football, Roger. I got some questions. We got all day. Football takes, what, three, four hours? No handcuffs, no jail. I paid fair and square. I won. Quarter Milly. Me and you, Roger. Let’s put that money to good use. You know, I’m happy to donate it. Let’s talk.”