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Calvin Ridley Gambles His Career, Literally

Calvin Ridley has earned a suspension for the 2022 season after he bet on NFL games after stepping away from the Falcons in early November 2021.

Calvin Ridley Gambling Suspension
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What a story coming out of the NFL on Monday. According to Adam Schefter, among other sources, the NFL has suspended Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley indefinitely for gambling on games last season. The suspension will be the 2022 season at a minimum.

Per a series of reports, Ridley was betting on games once he left the Falcons due to personal matters last season. In addition, he was reportedly placing all bets from his phone, and the betting did not involve any other players, coaches, or personnel members.

According to Ridley, he only bet a total of $1,500. That figure feels minuscule compared to some of the bets that go viral on the internet. However, the NFL is very against betting on football games, so despite the money, this is a big issue.

Aside from the suspension, there isn’t much else to gather from this report. Entering this offseason, there was speculation that Ridley could be dealt to another team. However, there was no traction on a potential trade because the Falcons acted in good faith. They knew the impending ruling was coming, so they did not want to do another team dirty and lose respect around the league.

This is quite a situation. Whether anything further comes out of this remains to be seen. That said, Calvin Ridley currently has at least one year off from playing in the NFL.

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