Calvin Ridley’s 2022 season has ended before it began.
Ridley, the Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver, has been suspended for the entire 2022 NFL season.
Per reports from NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Falcons receiver was betting on games during the 2021 NFL Season. He will be eligible for reinstatement in February of 2023.
In the Garafolo report, he talks about how Ridley was gambling on NFL games in late November while Ridley was away from the team. To do such, he was using his cell phone to place parlay bets. Furthermore, a report by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports confirmed something drastic: he bet on his own team.
In a statement made on the official team website, the Falcons stated: “We were first made aware of the league’s investigation on Feb. 9. We have cooperated fully with the investigation since receiving notice and support the league’s findings and actions. We are moving forward in the 2022 season with the decision that was made. With the decision that was made by the NFL, any further questions on the investigation should be directed to the league office.”
While teams were apparently contacting the Falcons for a trade, the team stayed put on the young man. Senior ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter also noted this was done in good faith knowing what was coming.
At first glance, this is a horrible look for the 27-year-old receiver out of Alabama. For one thing, gambling has been a problem in all sports, even with it becoming legalized throughout the country. However, not since the 1919 World Series has gambling involved an individual’s own team.
Calvin Ridley was already a controversial figure this past season for Atlanta fans, with the star choosing to opt out due to mental health issues that were occurring during the season. And now with news of a suspension, I can only imagine the star’s critics will continue to grow louder.