FanDuel spokesperson Justine Sacco told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the company’s internal data showed that DraftKings employees won 0.3 percent of the money the company has awarded in its history.
I remember there being concern that Sacco’s life was permanently ruined due to her ill-fated Tweet. Assuming this is the same Justine Sacco (and I can’t confirm that it is but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…), it seems she has rebounded nicely. Which is probably what we ought to want. My position at the time was that Sacco likely deserved to be fired — or at least disciplined — not because she was an Awful Evil Racist Monster (TM) but because she proved to be pretty bad at her job. If you are charged with maintaining a social media presence that is favorable for your employer, Tweeting out a joke that can so easily be perceived as insensitive and racist would reasonably call into question her ability to do that. I hope her employment at FanDuel means she has learned from the episode and positioned herself for a successful career. That would seem to be the ideal outcome: she received sufficient consequence to necessitate positive change while receiving an opportunity to recover.