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Steve Cohen has called it quits on Twitter.
The Mets owner deleted his account Friday night after a very active and rocky week on the social media platform, with the hedge-fund billionaire in the middle of the GameStop stock chaos.
Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management and fellow hedge fund Citadel run by billionaire Ken Griffin had reportedly invested a combined $2.75 billion into Melvin Capital Management, which has been crushed after an attempted short squeeze on GameStop stock. Melvin is run by Cohen’s former protege Gabe Plotkin. Cohen’s net worth is an estimated $14.6 billion,
“Rough crowd on Twitter tonight,” Cohen tweeted Wednesday night. “Hey stock jockeys keep bringing it.”
On Thursday, Cohen got into a Twitter back and forth with Dave Portnoy after the Barstool Sports founder blasted the Mets owner for restrictions on trading apps such as Robinhood that were hurting the novice investors behind the ballooning of GameStop’s stock value.
“Hey Dave , What’s your beef with me,” Cohen tweeted back. “I’m just trying to make a living just like you.Happy to take this offline.”
The two did seem to find mutual respect at the end as Portnoy tweeted: “At least you are speaking and trying to answer. That is appreciated.”
Portnoy did seem to take some pleasure in Cohen deleting his account by responding to a tweet about the news with an emoji of a smiling face with sunglasses.
Cohen’s tweets about GameStop situation didn’t sit well with WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason. The former NFL quarterback unloaded on Friday’s “Boomer and Gio Show,” saying he would stop going to games “until I find out exactly what’s going on here” with Cohen’s involvement.
“Hey, I don’t want to hear that from you, you know what I mean?” Esiason said. “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 interacting with Mets fans on Twitter, taking suggestions and teasing a return of black jerseys had become part of the charm of the new owner. That appears to be on hold for now. Fellow WFAN host and Mets fan Evan Roberts did find some humor on Cohen shutting down his account.
“It wasn’t even a brutal 9th inning meltdown that would send Steve Cohen away from twitter!” Roberts tweeted.
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