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Dave Portnoy accuses Jose Canseco of taking ‘dive’ in boxing fiasco

Jose Canseco fought a 22-year-old Barstool Sports employee Friday night, and it did not go over well.

The 56-year-old disgraced former baseball star was accused of taking a “dive” after he crumbled 12 seconds into the headline match for the media company’s amateur boxing event, “Rough ‘N Rowdy.”

The fight immediately ended after Canseco, who was listed at 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, fell to the floor and held his right shoulder after taking a couple of punches from Barstool’s Billy Football (6-foot-4, 225 pounds).

Afterward, Canseco claimed he tore his shoulder months earlier.

“Jose 100% took a dive,” Barstool Sports founder and president Dave Portnoy tweeted. “We paid half up front and he got double if he won. We thought that would ensure he’d fight. We were wrong.”

It’s unclear how much Canseco profited off the fight, which cost $20 to watch online.

The Barstool Sportsbook, which is owned by gambling operator Penn National Gaming, said it voided all bets on Canseco, while those who bet on Billy Football were awarded.

An admitted steroids user who outed several baseball stars including Alex Rodriguez, Canseco earned more than $45 million playing baseball, but filed for bankruptcy in 2012 and has struggled financially since.

These days Canseco floods the internet with alien conspiracy theories and picks fights with Rodriguez, whom he has baselessly accused of cheating on Jenifer Lopez with Canseco’s ex-wife, Jessica.

A-Rod hosts a business podcast with Barstool Sports, and when he declined Canseco’s invitation to the ring, the brash media company stepped in.

The fight was billed by Barstool as a way to “settle the score” between the two former baseball sluggers.

“I’m fighting tonight for everyone who’s tired of Barstool Sports being on the internet,” Canseco tweeted before the fight.

Billy Football, whose real name is unknown, is described as an “intern” for “Pardon My Take,” Barstool’s popular sports podcast.


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