On the same day that the site hired an investment banker "to help it explore strategic options, including a possible sale" per the New York Times, owner Nick Denton returned fire at his nemesis. In a sharply worded letter published on the site, Denton mocked Thiel, the billionaire investor who has funded lawsuits against Gawker Media, as turning into the definition of a "comic-book villain." He also challenged him to a quasi-debate, with a moderator, in front of an audience to discuss their differences. In a long list of questions, he asked him:
Is your goal to bankrupt, buy, or wound Gawker Media? If you were to own the company after a final judgment in the Hogan case, what would your editorial strategy be?