Peter King on D&K doubles down on David Portnoy, Barstool Sports: 'I am just not a fan'

October 04, 2018 - 1:04 pm

In his Monday Football Morning in America piece for NBC Sports, Peter King said he would not be appearing on any of Barstool's platforms following reading a few stories last week written about the company. (King had been a guest on the podcast Pardon My Take.)

Appearing on Dale & Keefe Thursday, King doubled down on his thoughts towards Barstool.

“I saw what was written last week in a story, I think it was on The Daily Beast, and I didn’t know most of the things in that thing. I am not really a Barstool guy even though I have been on with PFT Commenter a few times," he said. "When I saw that I said, ‘Look, the only possible approach I would take in this case is to not appear on any of their platforms anymore.’ I just think that they have been unfair both to reporters in general, and particularly to women reporters. I think there should be a consequence in the media for people who act like that. I am just not a fan.”

It was brought up to King that the hosts of Pardon My Take, Dan "Big Cat" Katz and PFT Commenter, have distanced themselves from Portnoy in some cases, but King said that doesn't matter to him.

“I agree, but it is the same thing to me — they are apart of that empire, or company, whatever you would call it," he said. "After I found out everything that was in that story, I just said the only thing I could do — and look, I know some of the people, I am close to quite a few women in this business and I know they have been exceedingly put off and bothered and upset by the treatment of not only women who have worked there, but women reporters who have written about them.

"I am not trying to make this a whole solidarity thing, but I am far more on the side of the women reporters, and all reporters who are upset by their treatment of some people in the media who have written about them to their dissatisfaction and to women in general. I just felt that was a way I could express my disapproval of what they have done.”

As for Portnoy, King isn't a fan even though he hasn't met him.

“I don’t know him. I really don’t. I don’t really know much about him, but I just feel like there is a certain civility that you have to have and if you aren’t going to have that, in my opinion anyway, it’s just where I have to draw the line," he said.

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