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“Gee Ya Think?”: Dave Portnoy Reacts to Possible Legal Fallout Over NFL’s Handling of Bengals QB Joe Burrow’s Injury Saga

Published 11/19/2023, 6:00 AM EST

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Dave Portnoy is a New England Patriots fan through and through. His allegiance to Bill Belichick’s team is unlikely to waver no matter what. Even so, he accepted that the Patriots are in decline at present. They are 2-8 for the season and rooted to the foot of the AFC East table. Given that, Portnoy picked a new favorite for the Super Bowl, the Cincinnati Bengals.

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At the time Dave Portnoy announced his backing, they were one of the form teams in the NFL, having won four in a row. Now, they have lost two in a row to post a 5-5 record thus far. They remain at the bottom of the AFC North table, following a convincing beating at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens. Starting quarterback Joe Burrow will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his throwing wrist, putting Portnoy’s funds on the chopping block.

Dave Portnoy set to lose a big sum after the Bengals lost


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Dave Portnoy made a huge bet on the Bengals’ success. He bet $67,000 on them winning the Super Bowl come the end of the season. Even though they lost to the Houston Texans in the dying seconds of the first match in that streak, he increased the bet.

Portnoy increased it to over $100,000 ahead of the Ravens’ clash. Thanks to the Bengals allegedly keeping Burrow’s injury quiet, Portnoy stands to lose a substantial sum. He replied to a thread on X alleging the same with the words, “Gee, ya think?”


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Dave Portnoy added the image of one of his employees at Barstool Sports to the tweet. He was presumably going over Portnoy’s financials with a fine-toothed comb. The original tweet read thus, “In an age of legalized gambling (from which the NFL and its teams directly profit), the Joe Burrow injury could easily spawn civil litigation against the Bengals for fraud, and potentially the NFL for failing to properly enforce its injury-reporting rules.”

Portnoy also expressed his disappointment the Bengals, and the league, for the losses he incurred betting on them.

El Presidente expressed his disregards following the fiasco

Dave Portnoy took to his X handle to vent his frustrations after Joe Burrow’s ligament injury was revealed. Portnoy alleged that the quarterback’s injury was kept under wraps. Had he known, the self-styled El Presidente claimed he would not have bet a massive sum on the Bengals.

He penned, “I’m filing a class action lawsuit against the Bengals and NFL for lying about the injury report. There is no shot I put 100k hard-earned dollars on the Bengals if I knew Joe Burrow was injured going into the game. This committee owes me an apology!”


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Regardless, he went all in while placing his bets on the Bengals. It is not the first injury Joe Burrow struggled with this season, having missed pre-season with a calf strain. He took some time to get going but found his rhythm during that winning streak.

After Massive Superbowl Bet, Dave Portnoy Stands Firm With Bengals Amid Tense Matchup Against Ravens It’s Now or Never


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It remains to be seen if Jake Browning can step into the shoes temporarily vacated by Burrow. He recorded one touchdown pass in the loss against the Ravens. They face the Pittsburgh Steelers next. Dave Portnoy will need a miracle to make sure he doesn’t lose more of his money. He posited a class action against the Bengals. Only time will tell if he chooses to go down that path.

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Written by:

Anirudh Haridas


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I am Anirudh Haridas and I am a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. As a stalwart ice hockey fan, I delved into the US Sports arena, driven by the phenomenal pace of the sport. From creating insights on various Olympic avenues like surfing and swimming to covering stories around equestrian and rodeo sports, I bring versatility to my writing.
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Purva Jain