Barstool founder Dave Portnoy interviewed President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday. On Friday, on his SiriusXM show the Yak, longtime Barstool stalwart Dan Katz (Big Cat) weighed in on the matter and expressed his displeasure with not having been given a head’s up:
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Katz’s frustration was not necessarily with the fact that Portnoy interviewed Trump. The opportunity to sit down with the President is rare and must be deliberated, Katz acknowledged. Where he was more upset was over the fact that he found out via Twitter and thus was not given a head’s up by Portnoy, Barstool CEO Erika Nardini, or the leaders of Barstool’s parent companies Penn National and Chernin Group.
Katz said that the decision to interview President Trump represented a dramatic shift away from Barstool’s goal of staying away from politics and trying to make people laugh, and that if Portnoy were to interview Trump[ it should’ve been with real rigor, preparation, and follow-up questions as opposed to participating in a stunt merely to help the president’s wavering popularity.
Katz continued, saying that Portnoy, Nardini, and Penn National CEO Jay Snowden looked him in the eye at the time of the Barstool acquisition and told him he was a partner in the company. For the first time in his years at Barstool, he said, he questions what he’s doing there.
“It’s been a tough 12 hours or whatever it’s been trying to understand where I fit in now,” Katz said. “There’s only two explanations. One is they didn’t want to talk to me because I would probably be the only dissenting view, which means that when there’s tough decisions to be made and Dan might disagree we just won’t ask him so we don’t have to hear his view. That means my opinion doesn’t matter. Or two, they just said straight up his opinion doesn’t matter. Either way, my opinion does not matter at this company the way I thought it did 12 hours ago.”
Surely, this is to be continued.