Barstool Sports activities founder David Portnoy laid into the Supreme Court docket as we speak following the controversial determination to overturn Roe v. Wade, making abortion a problem to be determined on the state stage.
In a video posted to Twitter earlier as we speak wherein he states his views don’t mirror these of different Barstool staffers, Portnoy touches on myriad matters, together with the Structure, considerations about homosexual rights, and voting habits.
The left f—–g hates me. The woke left, the liberals, they’re loopy. They’re insane folks. But, I find yourself having to vote for a moron like (President Joe) Biden as a result of the appropriate goes to place Supreme Court docket folks in who’re simply ruining this nation, taking fundamental rights away,” he mentioned.
Emergency Press Convention – We Are Going Backwards (keep away from for those who don’t wanna hear me speaking politics) pic.twitter.com/mDTmuQahcc
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) June 24, 2022
Barstool Sports activities is a unit of Penn Nationwide Gaming (NASDAQ:PENN). In January 2020, Penn paid $163 million for a 36% stake in Portnoy’s firm, with rights to ultimately personal the sports activities media property outright for $450 million. Earlier this yr, the regional on line casino operator mentioned it’s aiming to personal all of Barstool sooner or later in 2023. Penn didn’t concern an official assertion on Portnoy’s rant, nor did it publicly touch upon the Roe v. Wade determination.
Gaming States’ Abortion Laws
Nevada, the place Penn operates the M Resort in Henderson exterior of Las Vegas, and Cactus Pete’s in Jackpot, is one in every of 9 states with abortion rights. These rights are protected beneath the state structure. Within the largest gaming state, pregnancies might be terminated as much as 24 weeks.
“I’m upset to see this determination from the Supreme Court docket — it would rip away important well being care and the appropriate to decide on for hundreds of thousands & undoubtedly trigger hurt. So long as I’m Governor, Nevada will proceed to combat for reproductive rights & increase entry to healthcare,” mentioned Gov. Steve Sisolak (D-NV) on Twitter earlier Friday.
Conversely, Missouri, the place Penn operates the Argosy in Riverside and the Hollywood and River Metropolis casinos in St. Louis, is the primary state to ban abortion following the Supreme Court docket determination. Different business on line casino operators in that state embrace Caesars Leisure and Century Casinos. Different states with abortion “set off” legal guidelines with heavy on line casino footprints are Louisiana and Mississippi — the state that introduced the case to the Supreme Court docket.
For Portnoy’s half, he’s being true to his phrase. Although he’s closely important of President Biden, he mentioned on a Could episode of his podcast that he’d vote for Democrats if Roe v. Wade was overturned.
As of this writing, a slew of corporations throughout quite a lot of industries issued statements on the Supreme Court docket determination, with many saying they’ll cowl workers’ bills if journey is critical for an abortion.
Gaming corporations aren’t on the record as of but. However as a few of the largest employers within the states wherein they function, it’s possible the difficulty is on their radars.
ESPN father or mother Walt Disney, which additionally owns a passive stake in DraftKings, will reportedly reimburse staffers for abortion-related journey.