BREAKING: NFL Suspends Falcons WR Calvin Ridley For At Least 2022 Season For Betting On Games

The NFL has suspended Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley for the at least the 2022 season for betting on NFL games during the 2021 season.

According to a statement released by the league, Ridley’s betting took place during a five-day stretch back in November of 2021 when he was not with the team while on the non-football illness list.

The NFL said its investigation uncovered no evidence that Ridley used inside information or “that any game was compromised in any way.” There also was no evidence that any of the Falcons coaches, staff or Ridley’s teammates were aware of his betting activity.

“There is nothing more fundamental to the NFL’s success — and to the reputation of everyone associated with our league — than upholding the integrity of the game,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter to Ridley notifying him of his suspension. “This is the responsibility of every player, coach, owner, game official, and anyone else employed in the league. Your actions put the integrity of the game at risk, threatened to damage public confidence in professional football, and potentially undermined the reputations of your fellow players throughout the NFL.

“For decades, gambling on NFL games has been considered among the most significant violations of league policy warranting the most substantial sanction. In your case, I acknowledge and commend you for your promptly reporting for an interview, and for admitting your actions.”

The earliest Ridley can apply for reinstatement is Feb. 15, 2023, the NFL said.

He also can appeal the suspension by filing notice within three days, per the collective bargaining agreement. It is not known if he has appealed the punishment.

“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,” the Falcons said in a statement. “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.”