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NBA Star Feuds with Barstool Sports Founder



Knowledge Nuggets:

  • Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports founder, has publicly criticized Kyrie Irving multiple times, expressing disapproval of Irving’s career moves and attitudes in the NBA.
  • Amid rumors of Irving potentially joining the Mavericks, Portnoy intensified his criticism, suggesting that Irving’s behavior undermines the integrity of the NBA.
  • In response, Irving warned Portnoy about the implications of karma, hinting at potential consequences for his continuous verbal attacks.

Kyrie Irving’s career trajectory and his seemingly unending feud with Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, has been a hot topic in the NBA sphere. Portnoy’s no-holds-barred critique of Irving’s career moves and attitude started before Irving’s shift from the Celtics to the Nets in 2019. It gained momentum recently amid rumors of Irving considering a reunion with LeBron James at the Mavericks.

Portnoy, known for his unfiltered commentaries, did not hold back his thoughts on this news, branding Irving’s career as a ‘scam’. Irving, however, did not let this slide. In a social media tit-for-tat, he advised Portnoy to “take care of himself,” suggesting karma would catch up with the controversial sports commentator.

While the Heat were in the NBA Finals, Portnoy used this as a stage to lambast Irving’s NBA attitude, contrasting it with the Miami Heat’s hardworking and undemanding ethos. He suggests that Irving’s insistence on special treatment is detrimental to the sport’s spirit. Portnoy even went as far as promoting a Barstool Sports shirt equating Irving with dictators and terrorist organizations.

This public tug of war comes at a pivotal point in Irving’s career. After a trade from the Nets, Irving’s arrival did not save the Mavericks from sliding out of playoff contention. As a free agent now, Irving is taking his time to decide his future, which will undoubtedly spark further debate and possible Portnoy commentary.


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  1. Richard A. Banks

    June 11, 2023 at 2:10 pm

    The Irving example is one that is similar to many stars in American sports. He does not believe that he should be thankful for his God given talents, but instead uses them to disrupt his teams and profession. It seems the more money is given the athletes assume it is theirs personally to use even if it is detrimental to the sport they serve.

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