The fallout of the GameStop stock debacle has Boomer Esiason pledging to stop going to games.
The WFAN host on Friday morning went after Mets owner Steve Cohen for his alleged involvement in and reaction to the GameStop stock chaos and said he would no longer be going to Mets games “until I find out exactly what’s going on here.”
“Steve Cohen also sent a out (Thursday) that I didn’t like, in regards to David Portnoy, saying ‘I’m just trying to make a living, just like you,’” Esiason said. “Hey, I don’t want to hear that from you, you know what I mean? You hedge fund billionaire. Just keep your mouth shut.
“The other thing is, he also put out another one: ‘Hey stock jockeys, keep bringing it.’ So he’s discounting the Reddit WallStreetBets people as ‘stock jockeys’ and taking shots at them like he knows what’s going on because he’s sitting in this hedge fund king chair making all these decisions. I hate that. That’s why, I told you this morning when I came in, I said, ‘You know what? I swear to God, I’m not going to go to another Met game until I find out exactly what’s going on here.’ This actually makes me sick to my stomach.”
Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management and fellow hedge fund Citadel had reportedly invested a combined $2.75 billion into Melvin Capital Management, which has been crushed after an attempted short squeeze on GameStop stock.
“Rough crowd on Twitter tonight,” Cohen, whose net worth is an estimated $14.6 billion, tweeted Wednesday night. “Hey stock jockeys keep bringing it.”
The saga took another turn on Thursday, when the app Robinhood restricted trading on stocks like GameStop. That led to Barstool Sports’ David Portnoy accusing Cohen of having a hand in those restrictions, which Cohen “unequivocally” denied.
In the midst of the back-and-forth on Twitter, Cohen had replied to Portnoy, “I’m just trying to make a living just like you.”
But Cohen’s tweets about the GameStop saga didn’t sit well with Esiason.
“I don’t need to hear that crap,” the former Jets quarterback and noted Mets fan said. “This is why, when you own a baseball team and you want to start tweeting like you’re the big fan that you are, you start putting yourself in these situations, it just doesn’t feel right.”