What happens when a Pregame.com employee loses a bet? He attacks the 19 year old player who cost him the cover. Dave Essler, long-time employee of R.J. Bell’s Pregame.com, threw a tantrum yesterday after Seton Hall basketball player Isaiah Whitehead hit two three pointers late in the game, drawing the 8.5 point underdogs to within four points. Seton Hall lost by seven, costing Essler and his Pregame.com clients their bets. Essler was not happy.
Twitter member @AnonymousGamblr caught the meltdown in process.
This type of behavior is par for the course for Mr. Essler, who gave himself an “Uncle Dave” nickname for his ‘mentoring’ abilities. “Total, and I mean TOTAL, offensive ineptness. This isn’t f’n Harlem anymore. Get better players,” he tweets the Syracuse basketball team.
“@AF_Falcons Anytime you want to guard McCaw would be fine with many of us,” he says to the Air Force twitter account. To the Detroit basketball coach, Essler asks “Does Coach have an explanation for gagging a 16 point lead in five minutes? Help me out here……oh, yes, #focus or lack of.”
To Purdue’s basketball twitter account: “STOP turning the ball over. Just because OSU has suspension, u still gotta play the game.”
“It’s actually not the first time he’s done something like this,” said one poster at Pregame.com. “He has tweeted at several college sports teams in the past complaining about effort, free throws, defense, etc. … only differences this time were the targeting of a specific player and using profanity (both of which caught the attention of several groups on twitter with large followings).”
No one notices the rants most of the time. That wasn’t the case yesterday, however. As a result, R.J. Bell ‘suspended’ Essler from Twitter for 10 days. His picks may still be purchased, however. You just won’t get his top-notch commentary.
Some are not happy about this slap on the wrist.
“I work for a Sportsbook,” said one poster. “If I tweet abuse at someone I get called in by HR. When you work for a company you do still represent them in a small way. That tweet would get you a warning and serial offences would seriously damage your reputation and career prospects. I’ve heard of people not getting interviews for jobs because of their Twitter ‘personality’.”