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With the increase in sports betting coverage and ​legal gambling throughout the United States, naturally people will complain on social media if they happen to lose money on a game. And when you're the founder of Barstool Sports, people take notice. 


Dave Portnoy took to Twitter to send a message to Villanova guard, Collin Gillespie, after he lost a bet. Portnoy, for better or worse, has never been someone to hold back. It's part of what has earned he and Barstool such a loyal following.  

Portnoy clearly had the under on the ​Providence-Villanova game, which had an over/under total of 131.5 to 133 points, depending on the sportsbook. As the clock wound down, and Villanova had the ball with nothing left to do but dribble out the clock to secure the win, Gillespie made a layup to bring the total from 131 to 133 points in the final seconds, thus handing lots of under bettors the loss.

Providence did tack on two more free throws with one second left to bring the final score to 73-62 in favor of Villanova.


While some may debate Portnoy's method, as a gambler, he certainly had a legitimate gripe with Gillespie's move. Money on the line or not, the right decision for Gillespie in that situation is typically to dribble out the clock and take a shot clock violation. Call it sportsmanship, call it courtesy or call it class, but that's what Portnoy surely hoped had happened.


As long as there are sports, there will be instances like this. The practice might be questioned, and you might not always agree with it or the words used, but in some instances, like this one, Portnoy has a legitimate gripe.


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