Former 'Bachelor' contestant Jade Roper Tolbert has $1 million DFS victory taken away following investigation
DraftKings quietly announced on Saturday that the reality TV star was no longer a winner on Wild Card Weekend
It might have been a little belated, but a former contestant on "The Bachelor" now joins Patriots, Bills, Saints and Eagles fans as someone disappointed with the results of Wild Card Weekend. DraftKings announced on Saturday that Jade Roper Tolbert was no longer the winner of a million-dollar daily fantasy contest that took place in early January.
Like any normal person would after winning $1 million, Roper Tolbert celebrated on Twitter on Jan. 6 that she had beaten over 100,000 entries to post the daily fantasy score of the first weekend of NFL playoff action -- those tweets have since been deleted. Among the more salient red flags that went up for people upon seeing the online celebrations was the fact that her husband, former "Bachelor in Paradise" contestant Tanner Tolbert, was a high-volume daily fantasy player.
The problem wasn't that Tolbert was feeding his wife tips so much as it was the fact that the two could potentially collude to win a competition. How this would work is that the couple would each submit the maximum amount of lineups per contestant allowed--150 in this case at $25 a pop--and make it so that each lineup was unique to the others. Since this was a violation of the DraftKings community guidelines, the.
This leads us back to Saturday when DraftKings released this vague statement on Twitter:
The statement makes no mention of the ex-reality TV contestants, but anyone who had even an inkling of an understanding of this situation knew what the company meant. Plus, one could go back and check the standings of the contest Roper Tolbert had said she won. She was no longer the listed winner of the Millionaire Maker contest -- that has gone to a user named spclk36, who came in second -- and Roper Tolbert's entry was removed from the contest all together. Her husband told ESPN that she had not received the money as recently as Tuesday.
Tolbert has already expressed frustrations over this process earlier this month to ESPN saying, "No one has ever said a peep about us when we lost for 17 straight weeks. Then, of course, somehow Jade picked the right lineup, got the million and the spotlight got shone on it. And people, especially since she's a woman, assume that I do it all for her. If I had won, I bet no one would've raised a flag."
"I just wish if [DraftKings] had problems with anything, they would have addressed them early on, since they knew we were husband and wife."
Surely this news won't make those frustrations any better.
Pick Six Newsletter
Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
The Cowboys are hoping to come to terms with Cooper sometime over the next few weeks
Here's your one-stop shop for all the latest updates on the 2020 NFL Combine
The Alabama burner absolutely flew down the track in Indy, but it wasn't fast enough to set...
Arizona State's Michael Turk can lift, bro
A year-by-year breakdown of every combine's fastest NFL prospect
Moss was not the only player to receive bad news during his physical at the combine on Thursday
Catch up with everything that happened on the field at the combine in Indianapolis on Thursday
Kansas City won its first Super Bowl in 50 years as San Francisco struggled to maintain a late...
Live scores, highlights and updates from the Broncos vs. Raiders football game