Madden Bowl 2017 Winner Fined $3,000 for ‘Inappropriate’ Tweets
Madden Bowl 2017 winner Chris “Dubby” McFarland has been fined $3,000 for posting inappropriate Tweets to his Twitter account, the amount being deducted from his portion of the winning pool. Unfortunately for “Dubby”, his posts violated EA’s Code of Conduct, which resulted in the said penalty. Relative to the 75,000 dollars in winnings, three thousand seems like chump change, but his actions have certainly garnered all sorts of publicity. Many have taken to Twitter to express outrage or defend McFarland’s actions. Madden’s Competitive Gaming Commissioner, Matt Marcou, publicly addressed the Madden community with the letter below:
A message for the Madden community. pic.twitter.com/K3irT84bOZ
— Madden Ultimate Team (@EASPORTS_MUT) February 9, 2017
McFarland’s Tweets have since been deleted. This image of a conversation has been floating around, but was not the reason why the Madden Bowl Champion was fined. A string of Twitter messages on February 8th that took place “during and directly after the competition” did not adhere to EA policy. Taking from this experience, Marcou specified where the three thousand dollars will be directed to:
This $3,000 prize money deduction will be reinvested into programs to help our players prepare for the exposure that comes with being a top-level gaming competitor. We understand this spotlight can be difficult and all Madden NFL Championship Series qualifiers are eligible to participate.
Since his meeting with Electronic Arts, McFarland has recognized the error of his ways. Whether or not there are sincerity in these words, the champion has understood his role of being in the spotlight and as a winner of a corporate sponsored event. He addressed the news of the code of conduct violation in a Twitter post:
When I won the Madden bowl my tweets were no longer just for the Culture they were for everyone. I understand that better now.
— Chris McFarland (@DubDotDUBBY) February 9, 2017
This doesn’t mean the end of Chris “Dubby” McFarland. As a matter of fact, Marcou adds that his presence within the competition, and as a champion, is welcome. Since the punishment has already been dealt, unless he breaks some serious laws, he can continue to compete.
What do you think of McFarland’s championship title? Do you believe he has learned the error of his ways? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below, we would love to hear from you! Don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest in gaming news!
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