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NFL suspends Atlanta Falcons’ Calvin Ridley for 2022 season for betting on games


Calvin Ridley #18, Atlanta Falcons, gets ready for a game against Miami Dolphins on August 21st 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium.

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Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that Calvin Ridley was suspended by the National Football League as a wide receiver for Atlanta Falcons during the 2022 season because he bet on sports.

Ridley was 27 years old and placed bets on NFL 2021 games in a period of five days last November. Ridley was also on the non-football sickness list at that point. He claimed that he was addressing his mental wellbeing.

Goodell addressed Ridley in a note that stated, “There is nothing more essential to the NFL’s success – and to everyone associated with our league’s reputation – than upholding integrity of the sport.” This is the duty of all players, coaches, owners, officials, and everyone else working in the league. Your actions could compromise the integrity of the league, damage the public’s confidence in pro football and possibly undermine the reputations your teammates throughout the NFL.

Ridley will be eligible for reinstatement by February 2023, according to the league. 

Ridley claimed that he placed $1,500 total in tweets after his suspension and said, “I have no gambling problems.”

SportsTrust Advisors represents Ridley. CNBC didn’t receive a response from the company immediately.

Ridley is a veteran of the Falcons’ four-year tenure. He had his best season in 2020 when he had nine touchdowns as well as 1,374 yards receiving. For the 2022 season, he was expected to earn approximately $11 million.

Ridley’s suspension means that he may lose 2022 of his salary. This could happen because his suspension might fall under the “conduct detrimental” clause in the NFL’s collective negotiation agreement.

The Falcons stated that they received notice of the NFL investigation into Ridley’s betting behavior on February 9, and have “cooperated fully” with it since then.

“We will move forward with this decision in the 2022 season,” said the Falcons.

Exclusive data rights agreement between the NFL and London-based technology company Data and Technology Genius SportsThe annual value is $100 million. Genius provided its integrity services for monitoring betting on NFL games as well as tracking suspicions.

Ridley has been suspended from betting on gaming for more than two decades.

Also, the NFL suspended its operations in November 2019 defensive back Josh ShawHe will continue to be available for wagering on the games during the 2020 season. Shaw was reinstated in March 2021It is a completely free agent.