Sam Ponder Blasts Barstool Sports Ahead Of ESPN Debut

UPDATE: Sam Ponder has clarified her original comments and apologized for tagging Dan Katz in her initial tweet, when it was Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy who was responsible for the offensive article.

I was wrong in thinking @BarstoolBigCat wrote that article & called me a slut repeatedly. He just continuously laughed along. It was the PRESIDENT of @barstoolsports who said these things. Happy to clarify.

— Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 17, 2017


Sam Ponder doesn’t seem too thrilled about Barstool Sports’ upcoming new show on ESPN.

On Monday night, the NFL Sunday Countdown host took to Twitter to call out Barstool Sports for an old and offensive post that was titled, “Sam Ponder Is In Her Ivory Tower Looking Down At All The Blogs Who Decided To Disagree With Ray Rice KO’ing His Wife.”

The article contains offensive content directed at Ponder, which she didn’t take too kindly to.

So with Barstool Sports’ Barstool Van Talk featuring Dan Katz and PFT Commenter on ESPN2 Tuesday night, Ponder decided to “welcome” one of the show’s new hosts by reminding him of the site’s previous content.

Welcome to the ESPN family @BarstoolBigCat (& welcome to all ur minions who will respond to this so kindly) pic.twitter.com/AzgfdDx2FK

— Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 16, 2017

Katz let Ponder know that he did not write the article.

Hey Sam, thanks for the welcome. I just want to clear one thing up, I didn't write this blog post (you make it seem like I did) and the rundown you reference I actually defended you.

— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) October 17, 2017

That wasn’t enough, though, because Ponder accused Katz of deleting a tweet towards her along with a “she’s a slut” rundown from Barstool Sports.

And if he wants me to change the tweet to ALL of @barstoolsports sure. I’ll concede that it’s a whole company thing. But he also deleted his tweet to me & they removed the “she’s a slut” rundown. 🤷🏼‍♀️

— Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 17, 2017

Eventually, Katz gave up on the debate.

That also never happened. I honestly have no idea what you're talking about at this point. But I'm going to walk away from this one because it's a no win for everyone.

— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) October 17, 2017

ESPN knew the risk they were taking when they partnered with the edgy brand that has received its fair share of criticism for misogyny in the past, but they ultimately decided it was worth it. After all, Barstool Sports has an incredible loyal following.

Whether the partnership works out remains to be seen, but we don’t expect to see Sam Ponder and the guys at Barstool exchanging pleasantries anytime soon.

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Photo Credit: Instagram/Sam Ponder