Sports betting firm DraftKings apologized Monday for exploiting the 9/11 anniversary by encouraging customers to place bets on New York sports teams for a special daily trifecta.
The Boston-based company offered bettors a 9/11-themed field that required three New York-based teams (the Yankees, Mets and Jets) to win their games on Monday, the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed almost 3,000 people at the World in Manhattan. Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a plane crash in Pennsylvania.
“It’s greed. “These people are greedy,” enraged Tom Von Essen, who was New York City’s fire commissioner when 343 of his firefighters died while trying to save lives after hijackers crashed planes into the two World Trade Center towers, causing the collapse of the two giants. buildings.
“It’s insensitive and overblown,” Von Essen said of DraftKings’ 9/11 speech. “It’s something we didn’t need on 9/11. But I understand greed.”
After a social media outcry from others also offended by the parlay, titled “Never Forget,” DraftKings rejected the offer and apologized.
“We sincerely apologize for the featured parlay that was briefly shared in commemoration of 9/11. “We respect the importance of this day to our country and especially to the families of those who were directly affected,” DraftKings said in a statement.
DraftKings apologizes for exploiting the 9/11 anniversary with New York-themed bets.
Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, Mayor Rudolph Guiliani and Fire Commissioner Tom Von Essen during Saturday Night Live’s “9/11 Tribute” on September 29, 2001. NBCUniversal via Getty Images
The “Never Forget” parlay urges customers to “bet these New York teams to win tonight on September 11”: the Mets against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Yankees against the Boston Red Sox and the Jets against the Buffalo Bills.
Both the Jets and Bills are considered New York teams, although the Jets play their home games across the Hudson in New Jersey.