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Barstool Sports' Dave Portnoy on K&C offers thoughts on Tom Brady, Alex Reimer, feud with NFL

Kyle DaLuz
February 02, 2018 - 12:27 am

President of Barstool Sports Dave Portnoy once found himself in the midst of a controversy involving one of Tom Brady’s kids, so he might be able to provide some perspective on the recent situation with Alex Reimer.

In the summer of 2011, Portnoy’s website posted a picture sent to them of Brady’s son Benjamin naked while in Costa Rica on vacation with Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen. Portnoy was forced to take the photos and blog down from his site after Massachusetts state police arrived at his home.

Reimer was suspended indefinitely this week from WEEI for a disparaging remark he made toward Brady’s daughter on the airwaves Thursday night, but Portnoy isn’t sure either Reimer or Brady, who ended his conversation Monday morning on Kirk & Callahan abruptly after getting word of Reimer’s remark, did anything wrong. To hear the full interview, visit the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.

“I was nothing but positive for Brady’s kid. Reimer was negative,” Portnoy said. “I don’t think anyone did anything wrong here, to be totally honest. If you’re on the air three hours a day, you say things. I listened to it. I don’t think he planned to trash Brady’s kid.

“If you’re Brady and you’re mad about it, you stomp on your face, and that’s what he did.”

Despite Brady saying he did not want to see Reimer fired from WEEI, Portnoy said Brady “put Reimer in a pretty big body bag. He basically said it indirectly without saying it.”

El Presidente and his company also remain at war with the NFL. For the second consecutive year, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell barred Barstool Sports from getting credentials to the Super Bowl and the media festivities down on Radio Row, something Portnoy says only feeds into the Barstool brand.

“The thing he’s doing, we have this outlaw, pirate ship image,” he said. “As you get bigger and more money is involved, it’s hard to maintain that. Goodell is somehow doing the impossible by continuing to ban us. He lets us keep that image and we can play it up.”

The NFL recently had to remove merchandise from its website with “Sundays Are For The (insert team)” label on it – eerily similar to Barstool’s “Saturdays Are For The Boys” slogan, which took off last summer.

Portnoy also mentioned this week that Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has been hanging out at the house Barstool employees are staying in this week, and that it’s obviously hurting Edelman to not be out on the field.