Nantucket magazine has apologized for its cover story on Barstool founder Dave Portnoy after complaints from readers, Boston.com reports.
Portnoy has a long history of brash speaking that has included “bullying, misogyny and racist language, including the N-word,” the report continues.
The glowing story covered Portnoy’s mission to save small businesses and other pursuits.
“While the story was intended to highlight Mr. Portnoy’s work in support of small businesses, a number of people in the community have taken issue with offensive remarks and actions he has made in the past,” publisher Bruce Percelay and editor Robert Cocuzzo wrote. “We never want to hurt, offend or disappoint any of our readers with the stories we publish. Accordingly, we formally apologize for any pain caused to those who have objected to this May cover.”
The pair note that Portnoy owns a summer house on Nantucket, had been profiled by other local publications working with Nantucket businesses.
In the profile, Portnoy describes himself as “super socially liberal.”
However, after the apology, he said on Facebook that “everybody who doesn’t like me should go f*** themselves.”