ESPN used to be the undisputed juggernaut of the sports news industry, which earned them the rightfully earned, and somewhat self-aggrandizing, title of “The Worldwide Leader in Sports.”
But ever since they polluted their airwaves and websites with liberal political nonsense instead of focusing on sports, is when they lost a step in its appeal. That’s why new rival websites were created like Bleacher Report, The Ringer and Deadspin–rivaling not because they aren’t liberal but because they smelled blood in the water that ESPN would lose the war of not focusing exclusively on sports.
But Barstool Sports might be amongst the worst of them and they just became the laughing stock of the industry for this pathetic reason.
Barstool Sports is a blog that was founded by Dave Portnoy in 2007 and it’s one of the most shameless sporting “sites” on the whole Internet.
Portnoy even called his blog “sports/smut” and it’s evolved into a website with a large social media presence at just short of 1.5 million followers – not bad for trashy “smut” content. Barstool Sports a mixture of pointless uninteresting podcasts, blogs and a sort of boring reality show called “Stoolies.”
However, they’ve been recently under the knife because comedian Miel Bredouw blasted them for stealing and uploading one of her videos from two years ago in a weird desperate way of attempting to humiliate her. A few days later, Barstool Sports committed one of the biggest social media purges in Twitter history.
And then they moved on to Instagram where they have 6.6 million followers to do the same with a deletion of over 1,000 posts on the same day.
So why did they do this?
It all boils down to Bredouw who Barstool Sports spent months harassing and them offering her a $50 gift card to their online store capped it off where she could obtain items like a skimpy women’s thong. This happened over and over again for months.
It’s one of the most bizarre displays of a company harassing a person who wasn’t bothering them at all. So when she didn’t respond to their escalating offers, Barstool Sports shotgunned every email and social media account Bredouw had.
But enough was enough on March 4th when she decided to finally threaten legal action against this insanity.
“Miel” posted a thread detailing everything that occurred.
So what happened next?
Barstool Sports social media purge is what happened next.
If you were to look in on Barstool Sports on March 7th then it probably would’ve looked like a scene out of Boiler Room or Wolf of Wall Street with a bunch of frantic employees deleting all the posts before the feds arrive.
Bredouw has a case of copyright infringement if nothing else and that’s not the first time it’s happened with them because between Jan. 1 2016 and Dec. 31 2018, they amassed 11 lawsuits for copyright infringement.
Looks like a 12th is on its way. Barstool Sports is a joke entity that’s barely sports at all and that’s why they’re a laughing stock.