DraftKings has filed a lawsuit against its former executive, Michael Hermalyn, alleging that he had a “secret plan” to assist Fanatics by stealing client data before taking on a job as Fanatics’ wagering executive. However, Hermalyn has responded to these claims, stating that they are “completely false and fabricated.”
In a 16-page filing in the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, Hermalyn expressed his shock and disappointment at the accusations made by DraftKings. He anticipated that DraftKings would come after him aggressively, but he did not expect them to make false and fabricated allegations against him.
Hermalyn also disputed DraftKings’ allegation that he was in Los Angeles at the offices of Fanatics on January 29th, citing an email he sent to his co-workers informing them that he would be taking time off due to the death of a friend. He provided the name of his deceased friend, who passed away on January 27 due to cancer, and emphasized the emotional difficulty of that week for him.
Regarding the job offer from Fanatics, Hermalyn clarified that the offer came on January 27 and that he met with the CEO of Fanatics in Pennsylvania, not California as claimed by DraftKings. He also stated that he completed his transfer to Fanatics on February 1.
In response to DraftKings’ allegations, Hermalyn denied discussing joining Fanatics or its affiliates with the CEO or anyone else in 2023. He also denied encouraging any of his colleagues at DraftKings to join Fanatics or putting them in touch with Fanatics’ executives.
DraftKings declined to provide a comment on Hermalyn’s filing. The legal battle between DraftKings and Hermalyn continues, with both parties standing firm in their positions.