Barstool Sports is a lightning rod for both positive and negative attention on the internet.
As a result, the leaders of the company often find themselves under the microscope.
It happened with Barstool founder and content boss Dave Portnoy, when his latest violent sex tape came out, and it’s happening again this week with CEO Erika Nardini.
In a somewhat salacious and provocative turn of events, she stands accused of having an affair.
“Erika Nardini appears to have had an explosive affair with her married squash coach,” reports Oli Coleman of the New York Post.
“Back in early April, a Page Six spy told us that they’d been at the digital giant’s New York headquarters and had seen Nardini ‘run out and kiss another man [who wasn’t her husband]. She seemed real excited to see the guy,’” the article says.
“Now Page Six has exclusively learned that the hotshot exec may have left her banker husband for her squash instructor, breaking up the racket man’s marriage in the process.”
How did this happen?
Apparently, “Erika and Brett Nardini became members of the New Canaan Country Club in Connecticut last summer, and that Brett signed up Erika for squash lessons with club pro Yvain ‘Swiss’ Badan in December.
“But Badan’s wife, middle school teacher Cynthia, became curious when she noticed that over a three-week period, Swiss started coming home from the lessons — which started around 8 p.m. — at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. It seems the coach and student had gotten into a habit of hanging out with two other pals at the club bar until the early hours.”
Thus far, nobody has commented on this scandal.
Usually, when it comes to Barstool, Portnoy is the one making headlines.
Whether he’s engaged in online fights with fellow sports personalities, calling out pro athletes for taking his money and running, or beating up on mostly unheard of media execs, he has a knack for stirring up controversy.
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Apparently now it’s Nardini’s turn.
It will be interesting to see how this story ultimately develops.
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