Elon Musk Clarifies He Absolutely Wasn't Stoned When He Sent '420' Tweet

  • Elon Musk Clarifies He Absolutely Wasn't Stoned When He Sent '420' Tweet

Elon Musk Clarifies He Absolutely Wasn't Stoned When He Sent '420' Tweet

The problem is, unlike Papa John's who will afforded the chance to improve their brand without their hapless founder, Tesla needs Musk at his best to compete at the World stage.

Tesla presents plenty of challenges for the top executive: It routinely loses money and is burning through cash as it ramps up development of its Model 3 sedan, a less-expensive electric vehicle it hopes appeals to the mass market. "If you have anyone who can do a better job, please let me know", Musk told the Times, adding: "They can have the job".

It's not merely that claims to be working insane hours: 120 hours per week recently.

Musk has also lashed out at both the media and analysts from large Wall Street banks in recent months, calling questions from analysts "boring, bonehead questions" and suggesting he would start a website to rank the credibility of individual journalists, after Tesla received negative press coverage.

"They can have the job".

In June, Musk caused outrage when he responded to a tweet from a woman who claimed Musk had used her father's unicorn artwork on Tesla merchandise without compensation or attribution, by telling her: "He can sue for money if he wants, but that's kinda lame".

In a separate report, The Wall Street Journal reported today that securities regulators have been investigating if Tesla misled investors about production problems for its Model 3 auto.

And even then, Musk says he can't do that without the help of medication.

The Tesla boss says he's prepared for 'at least a few months of extreme torture from the short-sellers, who are desperately pushing a narrative that will possibly result in Tesla's destruction'.

The day's drop in Tesla's stock shaved $5 billion off its market capitalization, but still left it about $1 billion above General Motors' (GM.N) $51 billion stock market value.

An employee fired from Tesla's Nevada battery factory filed a whistleblower complaint with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, accusing the company of spying on employees and failing to act after learning that a Mexican cartel may be dealing drugs inside the plant, his attorney said on Thursday.

"It seemed like better karma at 420 dollars than at 419 dollars", he said.

Among Musk's explanations for the way he handled things is that he had seen his remarks as a good-faith effort to be transparent with his company's stakeholders. "They can have the reins right now", Musk tells the Times. The upcoming meeting with the SEC will reportedly be focused on how Musk announced and handled the aftermath of his tweet last week, when he stated that funding was "secured" for Tesla's possible privatization at $420 per share.

The newspaper reported that Musk had "alternated between laughter and tears" in the interview and said he had not taken more than a week off work since 2001.

In an hourlong sit-down with the newspaper, Musk also detailed his frequent use of the sleep-aid Ambien - a drug he's discussed using before, and whose well-known side effects include sleepwalking.

While Musk has described himself as "half Democrat, half Republican" in the past, critics said it was hypocritical of a green energy CEO to donate almost $40,000 to the GOP.

What "number 2" is not clear from the report, but could take the form of a chief operating officer to handle day-to-day operations at the company.