Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley took to Twitter on Monday to respond after the NFL suspended him for at least the 2022 season for betting on Season 21 games.
In a series of tweets posted after the league announced its punishment, Ridley offered some context to the situation. He said he has no gambling problem and spent a total of $1,500 when betting on games.
In a second tweet, Ridley, 27, said he “couldn’t even watch footballwhen he placed his bets. The Atlanta wide receiver left the team in late October to focus on his mental well-being.
The league said the game took place during a five-day period in late November when Ridley was not with the Falcons.
Ridley did his best take a positive turn on his suspension, saying the extra year would allow him to be healthier once he was eligible to return.
More than 40 minutes after his original tweet, Ridley publicly admitted that betting on games was wrong.
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The NFL announced Ridley’s suspension Monday afternoon. In a letter to Ridley, commissioner Roger Goodell said Ridley’s actions put “the integrity of the game at risk”.
“There is nothing more fundamental to the success of the NFL – and to the reputation of everyone associated with our league – than maintaining the integrity of the game,” Goodell wrote. “It is the responsibility of every player, coach, owner, match official and anyone else employed in the league. Your actions endanger the integrity of the game, threaten to damage public confidence in professional football and potentially undermined the reputation of your fellow players throughout the NFL.
The league said an investigation conducted by the NFL showed no evidence to indicate that inside information was used or that the integrity of any game was compromised. Additionally, no Falcons coach, player or staff member knew of Ridley’s actions, according to the NFL.
In a statement, the Falcons said they were notified of the league’s investigation on Feb. 9 and have since cooperated fully.
Ridley is eligible to seek reinstatement on February 15, 2023.
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