Pat McAfee has had an interesting week. He almost split from the WWE Sunday and also had to drop a sponsor Tuesday.
Thanks to a feud between MyBookie and Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy, the former Indianapolis Colts punter announced Tuesday he would no longer endorse the sports gambling outlet on his podcast The Pat McAfee Show and social media platforms.
Since he was in Minnesota, a state that doesn’t permit sports betting, Portnoy was unable to wager a $250,000 bet on Texas Tech for the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship game Monday, a bet he would have lost. MyBookie thought this would be an opportune time for free advertising on Twitter and chimed in on his tweet.
Portnoy followed up with an f-bomb minefield of a video rant against MyBookie in which he pledged to bring the company down.
Portony has since filled his Twitter timeline with MyBookie user complaints and fine print rules the site uses to protect itself on payouts.
McAfee quickly picked up the feud and decided to drop MyBookie.
McAfee also nearly quit his new gig with the WWE less than an hour before he was set to go live on the WWE Network for Wrestlemania. This all because long-time play-by-play announcer Michael Cole publicly scolded McAfee for wearing “tuxedo-shorts” to the event.
“I am leaving,’ right? I am not getting punked and yelled at like a child in front of everybody like that,” McAfee revealed on his podcast. “You guys think I’m some schlub… this is a second job to me. I’m very lucky to be here, very excited to be here, but I’m not gonna be yelled at like I’m a f***ing child in front of people.”
Cooler heads prevailed, Cole apologized and McAfee participated in the Wrestlemania Kickoff Show and the live watch along that streamed on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, tuxedo-shorts and all.