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Barstool Founder Dave Portnoy Was Literally Carried Out of the Super Bowl

Video shows him tangling with stadium security.


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It looks like nothing was going to stop Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy from witnessing the Super Bowl in person this year—including an explicit warning from police not to show his very recognizable face at Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Video shared on Barstool’s Instagram page shows a group of security guards swarming around Portnoy, then grabbing and literally carrying him out of the stadium as his feet flopped against its stairs.

 

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Subsequent video shows Portnoy being led away in what appears to be handcuffs.

 

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“Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.” #FREEPORTNOY @stoolpresidente

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That may seem like a little bit of an overreaction, and, who knows, maybe it was. But in fairness he probably saw this coming. The incident came not long after Portnoy—a Bostonian, Patriots super-fan, and notorious antagonist of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell—was caught sneaking into Opening Night with a fake press pass (Portnoy was wearing a hat reading “I [heart] Goodell”). Both he and Barstool personality PFT Commenter were “advised they would be arrested for criminal trespass if they attempted to enter” any other Super Bowl-related properties, police said.

Portnoy reportedly had a ticket to the game, though, and decided to show up regardless.

No matter what you think about Portnoy, you have to admire his persistence.

Update: He is apparently a free man.