DraftKings Apologizes For Controversial 9/11-Themed Parlay


DraftKings, a popular online gambling site, was met with widespread criticism after posting a 9/11-themed parlay that many found to be insensitive. The controversial bet, named “Never Forget,” allowed users to wager on whether the New York Mets, New York Yankees, and New York Jets would all emerge victorious on the 22nd anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York.

Key Takeaway

DraftKings has faced significant backlash for their 9/11-themed parlay, named “Never Forget,” which allowed users to bet on the New York Mets, New York Yankees, and New York Jets winning on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. The company swiftly removed the parlay and issued an apology, acknowledging the insensitivity of the bet’s timing.

Tone-Deaf and Crass Response

Soon after the parlay was unveiled, social media users swiftly condemned DraftKings for its tone-deaf and crass approach to such a solemn day. The decision to incorporate the tragic events of 9/11 into a gambling opportunity was widely regarded as insensitive and inappropriate.

DraftKings Takes Responsibility

Realizing the magnitude of the backlash, DraftKings promptly removed the controversial parlay from its platform and issued a formal apology. A spokesperson from DraftKings expressed deep regret, stating, “We sincerely apologize for the featured parlay that was shared briefly in commemoration of 9/11. We understand and respect the significance of this day for our country, especially for the families directly affected by the tragedy.”

Game Schedule on 9/11 Anniversary

On the evening of September 11, the New York Jets were set to play the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in a “Monday Night Football” matchup. Simultaneously, the New York Mets were scheduled to face the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field, while the New York Yankees were slated to take on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston.