Calvin Ridley of the Atlanta Falcons has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for betting on games in 2021.
It’s one thing to keep your bag secure, but the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver just botched his. Following the NFL’s announcement of his suspension, Calvin Ridley is trending on Twitter.
The Falcons have opted to suspend Calvin indefinitely for at least the 2022 season after discovering he was wagering on games in 2021, according to ESPN.
The NFL said in a statement that while on a non-football injury list in November 2021 to address his mental health and get his personal life together, the baller gambled on games during a five-day period.
“There is nothing more fundamental to the NFL’s success — and to the reputation of everyone affiliated with our league — than protecting the integrity of the game,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter informing Calvin of his ban.
“This is the duty of every player, coach, owner, game official, and everyone else working in the league,” the letter said.
Your acts jeopardized the game’s integrity, harmed public trust in professional football, and could jeopardize the reputations of your fellow players across the league.”
Following the disclosure, Calvin took to Twitter to clear the air, denying any gambling addiction. “I bet $1500 total,” he stated in a series of tweets.
I don’t have an issue with gambling. At that point, I couldn’t even watch football. When I get back, I’m just going to be healthier.”
“If you know me, you know my character,” Calvin said at the end of his diatribe, admitting he was wrong.
The NFL found no proof that the running back used inside information or that “any game was compromised in any way” during an inquiry.
Calvin can request for reinstatement on Feb. 15, 2023, and can file a notice of appeal within three days of the suspension, as per the collective bargaining agreement.