By Matthieu Pasquier — March 7, 2022 at 10:12 p.m.
Article updated on March 8, 2022 at 8:36 a.m.
The Atlanta wide receiver is suspended for the entire 2022 campaign at a minimum for betting on NFL games.
The NFL has announced the suspension of Calvin Ridley for at least the whole of 2022. The disciplinary sanction follows the questioning of the Atlanta receiver in bets on league games.
The facts would have happened at the end of November, a time when Ridley was withdrawn from the NFL for health reasons. In its statement, the league said it found “no evidence that any inside information was used, or that a game was compromised in any way.”
According to ESPN, one of Ridley’s bets included the Falcons in a combo. Each time, he bet on a victory for his team. The fact that he only bet on handsets is part of the reason the NFL believes he didn’t use inside information to guide his bets.
“I bet $1500 in total, I don’t have a gambling problem,” Ridley tweeted in his defense.
The Falcon have only played five games this year, and their sporting future is uncertain. At 27, he was to take over from Julio Jones for Atlanta but walked away from the field early in the campaign. He was a good candidate for a trade, earlier in the day YahooSports announced the Browns and Patriots as suitors for his services. But now his professional career is completely in question.
NFL suspended WR Calvin Ridley for the 2022 season for gambling on NFL games. pic.twitter.com/2UmcA3amVY
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