A chief Maine gambling regulator will face disciplinary action after he tweeted a series of offensive comments on his personal Twitter account.
Maine Gambling Regulator Faces Suspension
Executive director of the Gambling Control Unit, Milt Champion, has been on paid leave since May 17th after the Public Safety Commissioner launched an investigation into whether his controversial Tweets were deemed offensive.
On Friday, it was announced he would face punishment as a result of his actions, and will now serve a week long suspension from his role. In addition, he will have to undergo training on workplace harassment and social media.
Champion has worked in the gambling sector for over 30 years and has served as a regulator in both Florida and Maine. With the latter legalising sports betting in 2022, his profile has risen, and as such, Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck appeared eager to set a precedent over his actions.
The Tweets in question, which have now been taken down, were posted on the 6th and 14th of May. The first was made after being told earlier in the day that referring to women as “ladies” was deemed to be offensive, to which he took to the social media platform to say: “In this day and age, I guess b*****s in better.”
In the other, he replied that “at least they are not burning down cities and looting stores” regarding a white nationalist group marching on the U.S. Capitol, amid racial justice tensions building across the nation.
Champion, who will return to working for the state next week, apologised for his actions.
“While the two tweets were intended to be humorous, I recognize they were anything but. They were a mistake and an error in judgment, and I apologise for my actions,” he said.
“I thank the employees of the unit for their hard work and commitment in my absence.”