NFL Bans Falcons' Calvin Ridley Indefinitely for Betting on Games
Calvin Ridley won't be making his return to the football field anytime soon.
The All-Pro receiver was banned Monday for at least the entire 2022 NFL season for gambling on football games during a "five-day period in late November 2021 while Ridley was not with the team," according to a statement released by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
NFL statement on the year-long suspension of Falcons’ WR Calvin Ridley: pic.twitter.com/mQZm5dGgPO— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 7, 2022
Ridley reportedly made parlay bets with his cell phone and the Falcons were part of his wagers, according to NFL Media.
Ridley, who left the Atlanta Falcons in the middle of the 2021 NFL campaign due to mental health reasons, was rumored to be making a return to the field next season and was a trade chip for the Falcons this offseason, with the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots rumored to be interested in the wide receiver.
Ridley is the fifth player in NFL history to be suspended for gambling — joining Alex Karras, Paul Hornung, Art Schlichter, and most recently Josh Shaw.
Ridley tweeted this Sunday:
I learn from my Ls— CALVIN RIDLEY (@CalvinRidley1) March 6, 2022
And he followed it up with this tweet after the suspension was announced:
I bet 1500 total I don’t have a gambling problem— CALVIN RIDLEY (@CalvinRidley1) March 7, 2022
Ridley will be able to apply for reinstatement following the 2022-23 season, but with sports betting on the rise and the integrity of the game as important as ever, he may never play in the NFL again.
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