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Dave Portnoy, Barstool Say They Cannot Be Cancelled

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Barstool founder Dave Portnoy held an emergency press conference Monday morning where he vowed not to succumb to the “cancel culture.”

“They’ve been trying to cancel me for two decades — I’m uncancellable,” Portnoy said. 

On Sunday, videos resurfaced featuring Portnoy using racist language including a 2016 tweet about Colin Kaepernick where he compared the quarterback’s appearance to Osama Bin Laden. 

“So I’m going to say something that’s racist,” Portnoy noted in a 2016 video before claiming he thought Kaepernick was involved with ISIS. “Throw a head wrap on this guy, he’s a terrorist.” 

The video was shared and criticized on Twitter by Jemele Hill who wrote “this is terrible, but then again, consider the source.”

In response to Hill’s “consider the source,” Portnoy shared multiple stories published by Barstool which defended Kaepernick in recent years. Someone from Barstool’s audience also dug deep to find a tweet from 2009 when Hill made light of an offensive transgender joke. 

“My fb friends are calling him ‘Manny the Tranny’… so inappropriate and hilarious,” Hill wrote in 2009 after Manny Ramirez was suspended by Major League Baseball for taking a women’s fertility drug. 

Portnoy shared the 2009 tweet in an attempt to spin the “cancel police” back on Hill.

But by Monday morning, Portnoy’s response was less about Hill and more about making sure Barstool avoids the “cancel culture,” noting the various dated clips of audio, video and blog posts from the platform that would now be considered offensive. 

“Sensitivities change, cultures change. When you’ve been doing it as long as we have, things f**king change,” Portnoy said. “I’m not going to apologize, I’m not going to bend the knee.”

“Keep in mind, there isn’t one person I’ve ever worked with, who has worked for me, we’ve done business with, interacted with, who will ever back up anything these haters say,” he later added. “Not one! And I’ve worked with thousands and thousands and thousands of people.”

“Whenever you try to cancel us, and do these movements that pop up once every couple of years, it only makes us stronger,” Portnoy said near the close of his video. “Normal people only want an escape for a couple f**king seconds from this f**ked-up world, and that’s all we’re trying to do. And it just makes them like us more.”

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Amazon’s Thursday Night Football Ratings Up In Week 4

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers.

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Amazon Prime Video is the first to tout its NFL success in Week 4 of the season. The week’s first game, the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Miami-Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, averaged 11.7 million viewers.

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers. That number also represents a massive increase over last year’s Week 3 game from last year (Jaguars-Bengals) which averaged 8 million viewers. That game aired on the NFL Network.

Amazon also noted that the streaming service gathered 13.4 million viewers across all platforms for the Thursday night game.

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Julian Edelman Considers Himself A Pioneer

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that.”

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Since his playing days with the New England Patriots ended after the 2020 season, Julian Edelman has kept himself busy with his role on Inside the NFL and now co-hosting the Games with Names podcast with comedian Sam Morril. So, what was Edelman looking for with his post-football endeavors?

Edelman was a guest on the most-recent episode of the Half-Forgotten History podcast with Trey Wingo and he said that the vibe that Inside The NFL has with Phil Simms, James Brown, Brandon Marshall, Michael Irvin, and Ray Lewis was something that he was looking for.

“With Inside the NFL, I have those guys and there’s a camaraderie. We get to have that breaking bread and just locker room kind of vibe. On the podcast, it’s the same thing.”

The MVP of Super Bowl XLIII mentioned that the key to doing the things he does now in his post-career came from the way him and his team were able to use social media to build his own brand and help ease the transition from a playing career to a member of the media.

“When I retired, I was fortunate enough to put a good team around me for all of my off-the-field things. We built a brand through social media. Kind of pioneers of this whole thing with social and e-commerce and millennial/Gen-Z things. It helped me land a role on Inside the NFL and go and have an ability to start a podcast, Games With Names. It’s been good and it honestly helps with the transition.”

Now that Edelman’s playing days are in the past, he said that he now has the opportunity to do things that he was always interested in since he was a kid, but did not have the time for and he is grateful for the opportunities that the NFL has allowed him to have.

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that. I am so grateful for football and for the game just because it has given me the opportunity to do things that are fun and amazing.”

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LaVar Arrington, ‘Up On Game Presents’ Forges Multiplatform Deal With John Brenkus, Brinx.TV

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

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Fox Sports Radio morning co-host LaVar Arrington has announced a multi-platform deal with creator and host of Sport Science John Brenkus and Brinx.TV.

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with a pioneer like John Brenkus and Brinx.TV,” said Arrington. “This relationship will dramatically expedite our slate of programming and positively impact the sports entertainment industry.”

“LaVar Arrington has dominated the world of sports on and off the field,” adds Brenkus. “By combining Up On Game and Brinx.TV’s distribution platforms, there really is no limit to our success.”

Up On Game Presents is the podcast platform Arrington curates, in conjunction with Fox Sports Radio. The Up On Game podcast features Arrington and former NFL Pro Bowl wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Plaxico Burress.

Brinx.TV was created in February of 2021 and allows subscribers the ability to watch live programming while also make purchases, bid in auctions, buy NFTs, and answer trivia questions.

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