Barstool Sports Founder Says Harvard, MIT, Penn Grads Unwelcome Over Anti-Semitic Backlash
By The Casino.org US Team
Barstool Sports founder David Portnoy has ruffled the feathers of some of the most prestigious universities in the US, saying alums of Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Pennsylvania are not welcome to work at his company until the deans of those schools resign.
Portnoy, who’s an alumnus of the University of Michigan, said his company will make an exception for Jewish students. He added that two current Barstool staffers who are Harvard alumni are “grandfathered in.”
The controversial comments were made on Fox Business last week, following a Congressional hearing in which Harvard President Claudine Gay, MIT President Sally Kornbluth, and Penn President Liz Magill were criticized for not clearly denouncing recent anti-Semitic incidents on their campuses.
Portnoy went on to say, “There’s a difference between free speech and hate speech, and when you’re endangering people and causing harm, I think you got to put a stop to it. It’s called common sense.”
In the wake of the hearing, Magill stepped down from her post, but will reportedly remain as a tenured member of Penn’s board. Harvard faculty and staff have rallied around Gay, despite her costing the school $1 billion in donations and facing allegations of plagiarism in some of her academic work.
To date, no casino or online sportsbook operators have gone as far Portnoy’s pledge to not hire graduates of the trio of aforementioned schools. However, the Barstool boss may have some support in the industry.
Dr. Miriam Adelson, the widow of Sheldon Adelson and the largest shareholder in Las Vegas Sands, penned a scathing op-ed last month in Israel Hayom, a media publication she owns, proclaiming that Hamas supporters “are dead to us.”
Portnoy doubled down on his stance in an Instagram post, saying, “Moving forward I will not hire any student who graduates from any of these schools until these Deans step down. More businesses should follow this lead. This is unacceptable on every single level.”
He has a track record of expressing his views on controversial issues, and has previously criticized Silicon Valley Bank and the Supreme Court.