Barstool Sports founder Davie Portnoy got into a row with a pizzeria owner who was angry that the loudmouthed tycoon was giving his restaurant a negative review.
Portnoy, 46, was in the middle of one of his usual pizza reviews he offers online to his legion of sports fans when he was confronted by the owner of Dragon Pizza in Somerville, Massachusetts.
In a video segment he posted for his “One Bite” series, Portnoy, who judges food by bite, is seen walking out of the store with an eight-slice pie.
Portnoy took a bite of a slice of pizza and said, “This pizza is trash. He gave the pizza a 6.4 out of 10, saying the slice he ate was a “floppy mess.”
This prompted the owner of Dragon Pizza to approach Portnoy and say he doesn’t appreciate what you are doing, come and judge a business all at once.
“Fuck you,” Portnoy said, calling him an “asshole.”
The unidentified owner then called the Barstrool founder a “fucking bh”.
“Fuck you and the whole fucking platform you’re on,” the owner said before threatening to call the police.
Portnoy’s “One Bite” pizza reviews have garnered a cult following that has nearly a million subscribers on YouTube.
“Dave went to Dragon Pizza and found the worst pizza place owner in the history of reviews, and he and Dave got into an argument in the street,” the YouTube video caption read.
Earlier this week, Portnoy announced layoffs at Barstool Sports, which he recently acquired from Penn Entertainment for $1.
“I was very clear. Anyone paying attention, we’re going to have layoffs and cutbacks, and they’ve started and it sucks,” Portnoy said on Barstool Radio.
“And people who know me from the start, I hate firing people. You can be incompetent, not working, and I usually don’t fire people because I hate it so much. It’s the worst thing to do.
“Having said that, we are in a position where it goes without saying. It’s not like I have that moral – well, you can’t do it because no one will have a job. We won’t all have jobs. So we have to get back to the break-even point. We are losing a lot and it sucks.
Portnoy founded Barstool Sports in 2003.
He sold the majority of Barstool to the Chernin Group in 2016.
Earlier this year, Penn Entertainment completed the acquisition of Barstool for a total consideration of $551 million.
Penn lost around $800 million on Barstool, which the company had originally hoped would boost its sports betting business by partnering with one of sports media’s most recognizable brands.
Following the sale, Penn Entertainment announced its partnership with ESPN to rebrand its existing sportsbooks.