Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy threatened to fire employees in anti-unionization tweets and challenged AOC to a debate on Twitter

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy

Barstool Sports founder David Portnoy said that he would fire employees in a string of tweets about unionizing the sports site.
His threats stem from Bill Simmons’ The Ringer announcing a union on Monday.
Under The National Labor Relations Board, it is illegal for employers to discourage union activities.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York retweeted Portnoy’s tweet and said that his comments were “likely breaking the law.” Portnoy then challenged her to a debate.
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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy said that he’ll fire employees who contact a reporter or a lawyer about unionizing.

On Monday, Portnoy tweeted about Bill Simmons’ sports site The Ringer forming a union backed by the WGA East with a link to a 2015 Barstool story published about Gawker Media unionizing.

Heard @ringer employees want to unionize. Little refresher how I feel about unions. Gawker Writers Vote To Unionize

— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) August 12, 2019

“I hope and I pray that Barstool employees try to unionize,” Portnoy wrote in the four-year-old blog post. “I can’t tell you how much I want them to unionize. Just so I can smash their little union to smithereens. Nothing would please me more than to break it into a million little pieces.”

If all the people in my mentions would spend more time working and less time tweeting you would be rich and powerful like me and wouldn’t need your blogging unions to protect you.

— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) August 13, 2019

Over the past few years, employees at major newsrooms like BuzzFeed News, Vice Media, Vox Media and New York Magazine have formed unions seeking better working conditions in a turbulent industry.

Read more: BuzzFeed cut 15% of its staff, and some critics are now taking shots at CEO Jonah Peretti’s strategy

On Tuesday, Portnoy responded to a string of tweets about the post and threatened to fire employees.

Rafi Letzer, a staff writer at Live Science, responded to the tweet and encouraged Barstool employees to send him a private message to talk about the unionization process. Portnoy responded to the tweet and said that he would fire any Barstool employees who contacted Letzer “on the spot.”

Barstool Sports did not respond to a request for comment about Portnoy’s tweets or possible unionization plans.

If you work for @barstoolsports and DM this man I will fire you on the spot

— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) August 13, 2019

Portnoy also threatened to sue employees who contacted Matthew Weir, an attorney at law firm Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLC. Weir tweeted that Barstool employees could contact him for pro bono help.

Anybody who hires this lawyer will be fired immediately and I will personally sue you for damages and back wages.

— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) August 13, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York then tweeted that Portnoy was “likely breaking the law” with his comments threatening to fire employees.

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