Earlier today, Salon’s Zachary Petrizzo reported that an anonymous Barstool employee said the company’s founder, Dave Portnoy, “is sick, has been coughing non-stop in their NYC office, and complained about shortness of breath this past week”:

And “COUGHGATE” was born:

Portnoy responded to the tweet in typical Portnoy fashion, which was fantastic:

He added that he was “busted for working too hard”:

But he also released a lengthy statement claiming to have already beaten Covid “multiple times”:

Hey, before Covid this wasn’t even controversial. We trust we’ll be back to this place sometime soon:

He did apologize, however, for calling Paul Bunyan “John” Bunyan due to being under the weather this week:

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