Just a week after DraftKings and FanDuel came under fire for an employee using inside information to win thousands of dollars in fantasy football, another possible scandal has reared its ugly head and may further damage the reputation of both daily fantasy sports companies.
News broke this morning of a FanDuel employee winning $500,000 in week 5 of the fantasy football season. Week 5 is scheduled to kick off this Thursday night with the Colts vs. Texans.
FanDuel employee John Livingston won a $500,000 contest for week 5 with a perfect lineup. An investigation is underway to determine if Livingston had any inside information to win the contest before the games were actually played.
When asked for comment, FanDuel representatives said customers could use the code “betting scandal” to receive a 10% bonus with their first deposit.
Information of the newest scandal did little to curtail participation in the two fantasy companies.
“It’s no big deal. It’s a great outlet for a recovering gambling addict like myself to let loose and not feed into my disease,” said Sam Covingbird, who deposited another $1,000 into his FanDuel account, up to $8,000 for the season so far. “I feel badly for all of those gambling addicts out there who lose control. Thankfully I have control of my disease.”
Of note, Livingston’s perfect fantasy squad did not include any members of the Philadelphia Eagles, and consisted of several New Orleans Saints.