FanDuel to Alter ‘Kick of Destiny’ Commercials Following Death of Carl Weathers

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Posted on: February 2, 2024, 03:59h. 

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FanDuel will make changes to nan “Kick of Destiny” commercials that featured character Carl Weathers who passed distant earlier coming astatine nan property of 76.

Carl WeathersActor Carl Weathers (driver) and retired NFL prima Rob Gronkowski successful a FanDuel commercial. Weathers died earlier Friday. (Image: FanDuel)

The largest online sportsbook had been moving advertisement featuring Weathers and erstwhile New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight extremity Rob Gronkowski successful nan run-up to nan Super Bowl connected Feb. 11. This year’s spots were framed arsenic a sequel to a 2023 run in which Gronkowski missed a 25-yard section goal.

We are profoundly saddened to study of nan passing of Carl Weathers,” FanDuel said successful a connection provided to “Throughout his life, Carl was an iconic talent who had a profound effect connected nan group he worked pinch connected and disconnected nan screen. FanDuel was fortunate to person had an opportunity to activity pinch him during our Super Bowl campaign. We are adjusting our run accordingly retired of respect for nan family during their clip of grief.”

The gaming company, which is simply a portion of Dublin-based Flutter Entertainment (NYSE: FLUT), said that is nan entirety of nan accusation they’ll beryllium sharing astatine this time.

FanDuel Framed Weathers successful Appropriate Light

Born successful New Orleans, Weathers is astir remembered for his domiciled arsenic Apollo Creed successful nan first 4 Rocky movies, but his profession spanned decades and included appearances successful tv shows and euphony videos arsenic good arsenic large roles successful movies specified arsenic Predator and Happy Gilmore.

In nan FanDuel commercials, Weathers was framed arsenic a coach of sorts to Gronkowski. The gaming institution was correct to position Weathers successful specified a ray because that was akin to nan domiciled he played successful Rocky III and arsenic Chubbs successful Happy Gilmore.

Weathers’ appearances successful nan “Kick of Destiny” commercials was pertinent for different reason. He had nonstop shot ties arsenic he was a linebacker for 2 years astatine San Diego State earlier joining nan Oakland Raiders. He helped nan squad to its first ever AFC title crippled quality successful 1970 and was released successful September 1971.

From there, he went to nan BC Lions of nan Canadian Football League (CFL) wherever he appeared successful 18 games complete 3 seasons. He besides did narration for NFL Films and participated successful sum of nan 2017 NFL Draft.

Fate of ‘Kick of Destiny’ Commercials TBD

As noted above, FanDuel will beryllium adjusting nan “Kick of Destiny” ads that featured Weathers. Whether nan spots are pulled outright aliases are changed to admit nan actor’s passing remains to beryllium seen.

The sportsbook usability did not mention whether aliases not nan halftime promotion will proceed aliases really its Super Bowl advertizing plans are affected by nan decease of Weathers, if astatine all.

In a connection issued connected Wednesday, FanDuel said nan “Kick of Destiny 2” property convention is scheduled for Feb. 7 successful Las Vegas.

“Rob Gronkowski will beryllium holding a property conference, moderated by Kay Adams, from nan FanDuel group that will aerial connected FanDuel TV, FanDuel TV+ and watercourse unrecorded connected FanDuel’s YouTube channel connected Wednesday, February 7 astatine 10:30 AM PT,” according to nan operator.

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