Calvin Ridley suspended indefinitely for betting on games

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Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley missed most of the 2021 season and he’s set to miss the entire 2022 season.

The NFL announced that Ridley has been suspended indefinitely for betting on games during the 2021 season. The suspension will run through the end of the 2022 season at least.

Ridley stepped away from the Falcons during the season in order to deal with mental health issues. The league’s announcement said that his betting took place while he was away from the team and that there is no evidence that he used inside information to facilitate his wagers. There is also no evidence that anyone from the Falcons or any other team was aware of Ridley’s activities.

“There is nothing more fundamental to the NFL’s success — and to the reputation of everyone associated with our league — than upholding the integrity of the game. This is the responsibility of every player, coach, owner, game official, and anyone else employed in the league,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote to Ridley. “Your actions put the integrity of the game at risk, threatened to damage public confidence in professional football, and potentially undermined the reputations of your fellow players throughout the NFL.”

“For decades, gambling on NFL games has been considered among the most significant violations of league policy warranting the most substantial sanction. In your case, I acknowledge and commend you for your promptly reporting for an interview, and for admitting your actions.”

Ridley will be eligible to apply for reinstatement on February 15, 2023.

59 responses to “Calvin Ridley suspended indefinitely for betting on games

  1. What is the contract\cap effect of a season-long suspension for the Falcons? Does the year just not count and everything pushed out a year?

  2. The first guy to get caught doing this had to get the hammer dropped on him. Sucks that it was a star rather than a barely there roster guy.

  3. This explains why he “stepped away” last season. He can’t be the onmy one betting. We may have a problem brewing here.

  4. If an owner was betting Godell would make sure “it was investigated” and no written report issued…

  5. I’ll take “People Who Are Throwing Their Career Away” for $400, Alex

  6. So wait, they’re suspending him for betting on games while he wasn’t even participating in games? That kinda sucks tbh, especially while the owners are profiting off sports gambling, there is some hypocrisy to this. No Fun League

  7. I am sure tons of players are betting on games through family and friends on betting web sites.

  8. But but but, the NFL is all for gambling. You think those player tantrums are all about touches and targets and yards? Silly.

  9. I agree, we can’t have this! It’s a serious problem…

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  11. I wonder if Goodell said “ Nothing is more important than the integrity of the game “ with a straight face?

  12. Calvin Ridley joining the Alex Karras & Paul Hornung betting on football club.

  13. NFL: Here’s the problem.
    NFL: Here’s the solution. Dont sweat the details, we have it taken care of.
    NFL: The end. Bow-tie on top, nothing more to see here.
    Fans: And we should trust you why exactly?

  14. Sports betting is being legalized everywhere so this was inevitable. If he bet on Falcons games he is in real trouble.

  15. That’s a strong response with regards to the integrity of the game…..I wonder why Goodell didn’t make such a response for Stephen Ross….

  16. NFL has gambling sponsors now. This was bound to happen. Ridley is just the first domino.

  17. He should have known better. Only referees and NFL executives are allowed to do that.

  18. You only knew this would be a matter of time after gambling was legalized.

  19. So, they put a team in Vegas because they want to keep things all clean and neat! Please ignore the sports books everywhere you look!

  20. So player can’t bet on games, but the NFL can have Refs steer games to a predetermined outcome???…

  21. I guess all those reports of a possible Ridley to Miami deal, will have to wait til next year.

  22. Ridley you won’t be able to go to the Hall of Fame. Oh wait, that was Pete Rose and baseball.

  23. The Falcons did just as good without him, they stink. He is not that good anyway.

  24. We all know this is true, although no one will say it…if Ridley was non-black (Asian, White, Hispanic) he’d be suspended for life…just waiting for the Brian Flores lawsuit. Tough year for former Bama WRs in Vegas and the A-T-L.

  25. •Ray Lewis – obstruction of justice in murder case – $250,000 fine, no suspension

    •Ray Rice – domestic violence – 2 games suspension

    •Adrian Peterson – felony child abuse – 6 games

    •Ezekiel Elliott – repeat domestic violence – 6 games

    •Tyreek Hill – child abuse – no suspension

    •Calvin Ridley – sports betting – full season suspension

    Ah. Makes sense.

  26. The NFL and it’s teams now openly promote gambling. But they’re gonna chop a player’s head off for gambling on games. What’s wrong with that picture?
    Please insert definition of “sanctimonious.”

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