DraftKings issued an apology on Monday for its sports betting offer that made a reference to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The company, headquartered in Boston, expressed regret for using the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 individuals, as a means to encourage bets on baseball and football games.

DraftKings had introduced a promotion centered around 9/11, requiring victories from three New York-based teams—the Yankees, Mets, and Jets—on the 22nd anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the heroic downing of a passenger jet in Pennsylvania. The promotion, titled “Never Forget,” sparked significant backlash on social media, with many expressing offense.

In response to the public outcry, DraftKings promptly removed the promotion and issued an apology. The company stated, “We sincerely apologize for the featured parlay that was shared briefly in commemoration of 9/11. We respect the significance of this day for our country and especially for the families of those who were directly affected.”

Last updated on 12 Sep 2023 - 19:55

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