ATLANTA — For endangering the integrity of the sport by betting on games, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been suspended by the NFL for at least next season.
Ridley will not play in 2022 and there are no guarantees for the NFL future of the player who was expected to be the Falcons’ top target for quarterback Matt Ryan.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Ridley on Monday after a league investigation determined that Ridley bet on NFL games in 2021 while away from the team to address security issues. Mental Health. The league says the suspension will continue “at least until the end of the 2022 season”.
The NFL says betting took place over a five-day period at the end of November 2021. Ridley was placed on the non-football illness list following Week 8 last season, which ended November 1.
Ridley wrote on his Twitter account on Monday, “I bet 1500 total I don’t have a gambling problem.”
He also appeared to be taking a lighthearted approach to his suspension when he added in another post, “I know I was wrong but I’m getting 1 year lol.” He also said: “I just got healthier when I came back.
A league investigation found no insider evidence that insider information was used or that a game was compromised by Ridley’s bets, according to Goodell’s announcement. There was also no evidence to suggest that Falcons coaches, players or staff were aware of Ridley’s betting activity.
Ridley can seek reinstatement after February 23, 2023.
During the offseason, the Falcons had no updates on Ridley’s status. The team released a statement on Monday saying they had cooperated with the league’s investigation over the past month.
“We were first notified of the league’s investigation on February 9,” the Falcons said in the statement. “We have cooperated fully with the investigation since receiving the notice and support the league’s findings and actions. We are moving forward in the 2022 season with the decision that has been made. With the decision that has been made by the NFL, any further questions about the investigation should be directed to the league office.
In a letter from Goodell to Ridley, the commissioner said: “For decades, betting on NFL games has been considered one of the most significant violations of league policy warranting the heaviest penalty. . In your case, I acknowledge and commend you for responding quickly to an interview and admitting your actions. »