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Dave Portnoy left Tom Brady’s Patriots event to watch Celtics’ Game 3 win

Dave Portnoy had to make a difficult decision because he couldn’t be in two places at once.

The Barstool Sports founder was the guest of honor at Tom Brady’s Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night, sitting at a VIP table with fellow “Brady Four” John Feitelberg, Hank Lockwood and Paul “Gaz” Galczynski, all of whom were arrested at NFL headquarters in New York in 2015 after protesting the quarterback’s Deflategate suspension.

But only three other people were in attendance when Brady called out the group in his speech.


Tom Brady and the “Brady Four,” Dave Portnoy, Jon Feitelberg, Hank Lockwood and Barstool Sports’ Paul Galczynski. X / Dave Portnoy

Portnoy left the ceremony to take on the Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at The Harp at Patriots Place in Foxborough. He watched a close fourth quarter against the Mavericks before Boston cruised to a 106-99 victory for their third straight victory in the series.

Some stars who attended Wednesday’s event, including comedian Bill Burr and former Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, were stunned by Portnoy’s decision.

“Bill Burr grabbed me and asked if Dave had really left. He couldn’t believe it,” Feitelberg said. I wrote to X.

“Wish @stoolpresidente was here,” Edelman also tweeted, along with a photo of Feitelberg, Lockwood and Gluczynski.

Portnoy didn’t apologize, but offered a pragmatic explanation.

“My favorite banner is this one,” Portnoy wrote to X. “The Celtics needed me.”

Warning: Explicit language

In a video posted Thursday morning, Portnoy acknowledged the “conflict.”

“I knew it all along,” Portnoy said. “I tried to watch the game on my phone. I can’t. YouTube TV says it’s outside my area. Oh well. I’m just watching the score updates.”

Portnoy later explained that the ceremony was scheduled to end at 9:30 p.m. but is “significantly delayed” and that Brady and Patriots owner Robert Kraft have not even spoken yet.


Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady waves to the crowd at the end of the Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Gillette Stadium, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady waves to the crowd at the end of the Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Gillette Stadium, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. AP

Meanwhile, the Celtics vs. Mavs game was in the middle of the third quarter.

“I was like, ‘I gotta watch this damn game,'” Portnoy said. “This is banner number 18. Yeah, Tom Brady, I love you, but what does Tom Brady always say? What’s his favorite banner? His favorite banner is the next one. That’s how I do it! I move forward. I don’t move backward. This is the NBA’s f**king finals.”

The Celtics will close out the series on Friday in Dallas with Game 4 starting at 8:30 p.m.

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