Calvin Ridley reinstated after one-year suspension for gambling on NFL games

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Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been reinstated after a one-year suspension for gambling on NFL games.

The NFL announced today that Ridley is fully reinstated and eligible to participate in all team activities effective immediately.

A first-round pick of the Falcons, Ridley emerged as one of the best young receivers in the NFL in 2020, catching 90 passes for 1,374 yards. But in 2021 he played in just five games before announcing that he was stepping away from football to focus on his mental health, and during that time away, the NFL discovered that he bet on NFL games.

All of the bets Ridley placed were while he was away from the Falcons and not playing, and the league said it found no indication that he used any inside information to help his betting. Still, the league has strict rules against betting on NFL games, and Ridley was suspended indefinitely on March 7, 2022.

During his suspension, the Falcons traded Ridley to the Jaguars for a fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick. Now Ridley is back in the NFL, and with a new team.

30 responses to “Calvin Ridley reinstated after one-year suspension for gambling on NFL games

  1. I think most have forgotten about Ridley and that the Jags added a 1300 yard WR for pretty much nothing late in the season. Should be a huge add for Lawrence and that offense.

  2. 1. He should not have been suspended for that amount of time
    2. Barring Injury he’s going to be a top 10 WR with Trevor Lawrence

  3. I agreed with the suspension and I think it is time to let him back. Gambling is something the NFL can not allow, even if it was just for a couple of dollars. Can’t have players shaving points.

  4. Shouldn’t have been suspended in the first place. He wasn’t even actively participating in the NFL when he placed his bet. What’s the league going to do next suspend a player or coach that retires and then comes out of retirement when the league finds out they were placing bets on Fan Duel while they were retired?

  5. Doug and Trevor are really going to be cooking this year.

    And don’t forget that 10 of the Jaguars games next season are against the AFC South and NFC South. 😂

  6. Talk about a raw deal man, this guy got screwed. I hope he balls out till he falls out.

  7. Really disappointed they reinstated him. The penalties for player gambling should be significantly steeper. I would have felt it was appropriate if they had banned him permanently.

  8. The Jags suddenly have one of the better WR staffs with Zay Jones, C. Kirk, and Ridley….plus the emergence of Engram at TE.
    Look out!

  9. He’s not the only one gambling but the difference is he wasn’t using insider information. Can we say the same about the refs or even the owners? Former mob guys have simply laugh at the notion that the refs aren’t in on gambling and that was before FanDuel and DraftKings. As for the owners? We’ll never find out, can’t make them audit themselves.

  10. Once a gambler, always a gambler. Now he’ll just hamble in secret and the media will protect him while at the same the same media will continue railing against Shoeless Joe and Pete Rose.

  11. Why the heck did Atlanta trade him? Seems a bit shortsighted of a move by The Dirty Birds.

  12. Jason Harshman says:
    March 6, 2023 at 2:15 pm
    I think most have forgotten about Ridley and that the Jags added a 1300 yard WR for pretty much nothing late in the season. Should be a huge add for Lawrence and that offense
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    I’d say it’s more the fact that wr did hit 1300 in his age 26 season, then struggled in every way in his follow up age 27 season in the games he played and followed it up by missing a year. So expectations are rightly being tempered for a guy who hasn’t shown productivity over the last 2 years and is now at the age of wr decline.

  13. Ridley is gonna come out of this thing smelling like a rose. He left that loser ATL team and is now on the very up-and-coming Jaguars. Trevor Lawrence is going to have a great time throwing to Ridley, and the Jags are going to be contenders for a long time to come. Good for Ridley.

  14. The Jags are going to be really good next year and Ridley cost them next to nothing for a top 10 receiver, if he can keep it together for the season.

  15. Calvin Ridley was suspended for gambling in a professional sports league that openly embraces gambling as an added revenue stream.

  16. He did not just lose a year for gambling. He also took time off for mental issues before that. Atlanta had to move him. Best of luck to Jax for getting a player with a Ben Simmons attitude to play football.

  17. jacktatumroamingthemiddle says:
    March 6, 2023 at 2:20 pm
    Shouldn’t have been suspended in the first place. He wasn’t even actively participating in the NFL when he placed his bet. What’s the league going to do next suspend a player or coach that retires and then comes out of retirement when the league finds out they were placing bets on Fan Duel while they were retired?
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    He doesn’t have to work for the NFL if he doesn’t like the rules. I’m sure he could put his education to use and get a job averaging $2.7 million pretty easy right?

  18. davefromtheburgh says:
    March 6, 2023 at 2:46 pm
    Really disappointed they reinstated him. The penalties for player gambling should be significantly steeper. I would have felt it was appropriate if they had banned him permanently.

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    Games on other teams while he was not even playing. Considering the amount of money the NFL makes off of gambling, that is a joke. But hey, at least a complete sexual predator who never showed any remorse got to play last year and be rewarded with the biggest contract in NFL history. Folks need to get their morals and priorities in the right place if they do not see a problem with that.

  19. Many of those opposed to the ban on gambling are also members of the Games Are Rigged crowd. Go figure.

  20. NFL – no gambling!

    Also NFL – Tune into the FanDuel Halftime show! Get current odds for today’s games!

  21. A d zero mention of his mental health status that caused him to step away originally?

  22. Dude knew he could jeopardize his career when he put his money down. If he says otherwise he’s a liar And an idiot. It’s not like the league doesn’t beat you over the head with the no gambling policy. I wouldn’t had been surprised if Rog had given him another year to make an example out of him.

  23. Jags casually added a WR1 in his prime for almost nothing. Kirk at WR2. Etienne. Engram. Love this team.

  24. Terrible that he missed a whole year and the NFL is all about gambling on games today. It made ZERO sense to suspend him for a whole year. The Jags are going to tear up the league this next season! look out Brough to you by Draft Kings your first bet is free, it takes all of us.

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