(RepublicanView.org) – Sports betting company DraftKings issued an apology for an advert encouraging people to bet in remembrance of 9/11. The ad asked individuals to place a parlay bet (multiple bets combined into one) to support the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, and the New York Jets as an expression of patriotism and to mark the anniversary of the terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans in 2001.
The advert was seen as irresponsible because it advised people where to bet their money, and the advice was based on something other than skill or merit. Some social media users said if the recommendations were followed, people would inevitably lose money. “How is DraftKings promoting this on the front page??? This is insane behavior,” wrote one Twitter user.
DraftKings later apologized and said it respects the significance of the day, particularly for the families of those directly affected. The apology was met with negative responses as people doubted its sincerity.
In a related twist, one player that DraftKings recommended backing was Aaron Rodgers of the New York Jets. Rodgers apparently has a history of denying the official story of what happened on September 11, 2001. In an article last year on NBC Sports, it was revealed that Rodgers told Packers quarterback DeShone Kizer that he doesn’t believe what the US government claims about the day’s events.
People who question what took place on 9/11 are known as truthers, and most maintain that the attack was either conducted by the US government or the government had prior knowledge but decided to let it go ahead. The federal government would do this, argue the truthers, to give it cause to invade Middle Eastern countries, and to restrict American freedoms by instituting new laws at home, such as the Patriot Act.
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