The founder of Barstool Sports, Dave Portnoy, started trending over all social media platforms late into the weekend after it appeared that Portnoy’s account was suspended by Twitter, the far-left Big Tech giant.
Many of Portnoy’s followers who tried to access his profile were presented with the common “Account Suspended” banner which was followed with the warning of “Twitter suspends accounts that violate the Twitter Rules.”
“Twitter’s purpose is to serve the public conversation. Violence, harassment, and other similar types of behavior discourage people from expressing themselves and ultimately diminish the value of global public conversation. Our rules are to ensure all people can participate in the public conversation freely and safely,” the social media platform states in their rules section.
The Twitter account for the weekly podcast presented by Barstool Sports “BFFs with Dave Portnoy and Josh Richards” tweeted a screenshot of Portnoy’s suspended account with the hashtag #FREEPORTNOY.
Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy has been suspended from Twitter pic.twitter.com/EMDq7Yx8n3
— Evan Rosenfeld | אבן רוזנפלד (@Evan_Rosenfeld) June 19, 2021
At this time, it remains unclear why Portnoy was suspended from Twitter. However, some Twitter users speculated that the Barstool Sports founder was targeted following an alleged threat to “drop my nuts on your head” regarding a disagreement over Penn National Gaming stock.
UPDATE: Following the massive backlash received by the 2.5 million followers of Portnoy the tech giant has restored Dave Portnoy’s account.
“Portnoy’s handle @stoolpresidente, which had 2.5 million Twitter followers, was shut down with an ‘Account suspended’ message,” Fox News reported. “#FreeDavePortnoy began dominating social media as it was unclear what led to his suspension.”
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) June 19, 2021
Portnoy told the network immediately following the ban, “The will of the people will be heard. #freeportnoy.” Portnoy said he did not know why he had been banned.
Twitter refused to comment about banning Portnoy and the sudden reversal.