Bachelor star Tanner Tolbert plays celebrity card in the DraftKings scandal


Two former "Bachelor in Paradise" favorites, Jade Roper Tolbert and Tanner Tolbert, blame DraftKings for their celebrity status and sexism for negotiating the $ 1 million profit for "Millionaire Maker" during the NFL wildcard weekend to have.

"Would the questions, allegations, and curiosity about this win be the same if the winner were male and someone who wasn't already publicly known?" Tanner Tolbert told ESPN as the daily fantasy site investigated the allegations.

“Each of us has our own players, our own accounts and our own players. Nobody ever looked at us when we lost 17 consecutive weeks. Somehow, Jade chose the right lineup, got the million, and focused the spotlight on it. And people, mostly because she's a woman, assume that I do everything for her. If I had won, no one would have raised a flag. "

"We take the integrity and fairness of our competitions very seriously and are considering this matter," said a DraftKings in a statement on Monday.

Jade Roper was in the 19th season of The Bachelor, and Tanner Tolbert was in the 11th season of The Bachelorette. The two met in 2016 in the second season of the spin-off series "Bachelor in Paradise" and currently residing in California, where they work as a social media influencer. They say that they even received death threats because of the turmoil.

"Crazy stuff," said Tanner. "It's sad. To be honest, it was a lot of fun."

Tanner is a well-known, high-volume fantasy sports player. Together with other former “Bachelor” candidatesHe was recently asked, "What annoys your wife the most?" Tanner replied, "Fantasy football stuff."

He claims that Jade's previous contempt for fantasy sports has become an obsession last season.

"She hated sport for the longest time," said Tanner. "She decided to get involved this year, and that actually makes her more of a sports fan. She never really cared about the games until she got a deep interest."

Controversy increased shortly after Jade's victory on Sunday evening when it emerged that both Tolberts had submitted the maximum number of entries for the competition and 298 of their 300 formations were unique. The evidence suggests that the two worked together to create mutually exclusive lineups to improve their coverage of the tournament.

Daily fantasy athlete William Bierman has reduced the overlap in Charts posted on Twitter, The clearest pattern was the quarterback position: over 95 percent of the Jade lineups included AFC quarterbacks – Josh Allen, Ryan Tannehill and Deshaun Watson, who played on Saturday – while almost 99 percent of the Tanner lineups included NFC quarterbacks – Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and Carson Wentz, who played on Sunday.

"I thought Drew Brees and Carson Wentz would have great days," said Tanner. "Obviously I was wrong. But Jade definitely wanted to match the other quarterbacks. I partly think that she likes to rummage against me. "

The accusations against the Tolberts constitute violations of DraftKings' terms for acceptable behavior, as noted on the community site:

"Group play behavior designed to give an unfair advantage over others," e.g. B. "Complementary team building lineups that work together and execute a strategy that creates an unfair advantage over the single game" or "Maximum number of entries in a competition, type of competition or event and a third party, regardless of their relationship , enter additional entries for you. "

Jade Roper Tolbert, Tanner Tolbert, DraftKings
Jade Roper Tolbert, Tanner TolbertGetty Images

If DraftKings is found guilty, he has the right to block or terminate all accounts and to withhold or withdraw prices.

Group play and agreements are not new topics for the DFS community. Edward Fear, a director at Global Daily Fantasy Sports Inc., called the problem "endemic" and "something that happens to many people in every major competition."

While maintaining their innocence, the Tolberts respect the company's obligation to examine their profits.

"We respect DraftKings believes that they must exercise due diligence to ensure that Jade wins her $ 1 million fantasy competition for the NFL wildcard round this weekend," said Tanner. "It is incredibly important that we realize that Jade's victory is nothing but luck, and we are confident that DraftKings will determine the same thing."

DraftKings Inc. was formed at the end of 2019 as part of a merger of three companies with the special purpose vehicle Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: DEAC) and the gaming technology company SBTech for the IPO. The company will forego the traditional IPO process and will trade on Nasdaq with a new ticker symbol and an estimated $ 3.3 billion in market capital. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2020. Twenty states have legalized sports betting, and Jefferies financial analysts estimate that the U.S. sports betting market could reach $ 13 billion by 2023.