Star Player Suspended for Betting on NFL Games
Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been suspended for betting on NFL games. The League announced the suspension earlier this week, and while they are calling it “indefinite” they do confirm that it will be at least the entirety of the 2022 season.
The NFL stated that Ridley was betting on NFL games in late November of final year although he was separated from the group for a “non-football illness” and not participating in games. He had left the Falcons team right after just 5 games for his “mental effectively being”.
Even though Ridley was away from the team even though betting on NFL games, it is nevertheless a blatant violation of League policy. An investigation discovered no evidence that Ridley utilized inside info whilst putting the bets, but that is of tiny consequence.
This is not the very first time an NFL player has been caught performing such a issue. In late 2019, Josh Shaw from the Arizona Cardinals was also suspended for betting on NFL games in a Las Vegas casino. This prompted a reminder memo from the League about their betting policy, and a warning for players. Apparently, Ridley didn’t get that memo.
Furthermore, it must be noted that there has been no proof to date that any coaches, employees, or teammates have been aware of or participated in the gambling activities of Mr. Ridley.