On Friday afternoon Lou Pellegrino, a producer of The Brian Kenny Show on NBC Sports Radio, tweeted the following regarding a possible sale of the New York Islanders to Philadelphia lawyer Andrew Barroway:
“Looks like an announcement will be made after the NHL Final but it looks like Wang has sold to Barroway.”
Barroway himself was later quoted Friday by Newsday:
Later in the afternoon Pellegrino retracted his earlier tweet through Twitter:
“Was having a conversation about the topic and left for a meeting. Came back to this. #LessonLearned,” Pellegrino posted. “I’m so embarrassed and I’m sorry.
“Guys, that tweet is NOT TRUE about the Isles sale. I left my twitter open on my computer and a coworker tweeted that. Sorry 4 the confusion.”
By 4 p.m. ET Friday, Pellegrino’s Twitter account was deleted.
Last month, Islanders owner Charles Wang issued the following statement regarding the potential sale of the franchise:
“In recent months, there have been numerous expressions of interest in the purchase of the New York Islanders. As I have consistently stated, I have been and remain willing to listen. However, potential buyers expressions of interest in the team or even my listening to them does not mean that any deal will be reached.”
The Islanders were ranked as the NHL’s 26th most valuable franchise with an estimated team value of $195 million, according to a Forbes report from November 2013.
In 2012, Wang signed a 25-year lease to move the team to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the team will call home starting in the 2015-16 season.
Wang joined the Islanders as part owner in 2000 before taking a majority stake in 2004.