Owner of Mets and hedge fund leaves Twitter, citing threats

Steve Cohen
Posted at 3:57 PM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 16:38:32-05

NEW YORK (AP) -- The owner of the New York Mets says he has dropped off Twitter because his family received threats that he attributed to "misinformation" that was not tied to the baseball team.

Steve Cohen's hedge fund, Point72, has become entangled in market turmoil that has pitted a band of small investors against traders that made bets against -- or "shorted" -- stock of companies including GameStop.

Hedge funds that shorted GameStop have lost billions as small investors bid up the company's shares. One of the short sellers, Melvin Capital, announced this week that it received a $750 million infusion from Point72.

"I've really enjoyed the back and forth with Mets fans on Twitter which was unfortunately overtaken this week by misinformation unrelated to the Mets that led to our family getting personal threats," Cohen said Saturday in a statement issued by the Mets. "So I'm going to take a break for now."

Twitter users looking for Cohen's account Saturday got a message reading, "This account doesn't exist Try searching for another."

The hedge fund billionaire told Mets fans "We have other ways to listen to your suggestions and remain committed to doing that." He added that this week's events would not affect the team's resources.

Cohen first took a stake in the Mets in 2012. Last year he gained 95% ownership in a deal that valued the club at $2.4 billion, a record sale price for a Major League Baseball team.

The Mets tied for last place in the National League East division last season. This month, the team fired its newly hired general manager after reports that he had sent explicit and unsolicited messages to a female reporter several years ago.