Former ‘Bachelor’ contestant investigated by daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings after claims that she conspired with her husband to circumvent entry rules on her way to winning $1 million in prize money.
Former ‘Bachelor’ star denies accusations of coordinating line-ups with other players after winning $1 million in the NFL Wild Card weekend contest at DraftKings, with the fantasy sports giant launching an investigation into the result.
Roper-Tolbert’s winning line-up earned more than 180 fantasy points on the day thanks to big performances from DeShaun Watson, Dalvin Cook and D.K. Metcalf. She finished ahead of nearly 105,000 other entries in the competition.
Roper-Tolbert celebrated finishing first in the contest on Twitter but the celebration was quickly met with backlash as people accused her of colluding with her husband, regular fantasy player Tanner Tolbert, in order to evade the entry rules. Both Roper-Tolbert and her husband entered the competition with the maximum 150 line-ups that are allowed per player, and closer analysis revealed that they had delivered 298 unique combinations between them.
As specified on DraftKings’ community guidelines, it’s illegal for multiple players to team up in an effort to increase their chances of winning:
“Team-building complementary line-ups which serve to work together AND executing a strategy that may create any unfair advantage over individual play. (Example A: You and 2 of your friends coordinate the makeup of the line-ups you build AND coordinate which contests you enter using them.)”
Roper-Tolbert has been regularly playing daily fantasy for less than a year, and she and Tanner have both submitted maximum entries each week this season. There have been widespread accusations online that the couple have been working together to maximize their line-up combinations, which raised their chances of winning the million dollar cash prize, prior to the NFL Wild Card weekend.
Both Jade and Tanner vigorously denied the allegations.
“No one has ever said a peep about us when we lost for 17 straight weeks. Then, of course, somehow Jade picked the right line-up, 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,” Tanner Tolbert told ESPN on Monday.
Roper-Tolbert and Tolbert were notified by DraftKings that there would be an investigation into their line-ups before a prize can be paid out, as DraftKings announced they “take the integrity and fairness of our contests very seriously and are looking into this matter.”
Roper-Tolbert was apart of the 19th season of “The Bachelor” where she finished fourth. She later went on to appear on “Bachelor In Paradise” where she met Tanner.