ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been suspended for the 2022 season for betting on NFL games in 2021.
The suspension announced Monday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell relates to activities that took place while Ridley was away from the team to address mental health issues. The league says the suspension will continue “at least until the end of the 2022 season”.
Ridley took to Twitter after the news broke on Monday, writing “I bet 1500 in total that I don’t have a gambling problem.”
In a follow-up tweet, Ridley wrote, “I know I was wrong but I get 1 year lolin response to his one-year suspension from the league.
The NFL says betting took place over a five-day period at the end of November 2021. Ridley was placed on the non-football illness list following Week 8 last season, which ended November 1.
During the offseason, the Falcons had no updates on Ridley’s status. The team released a statement on Monday saying they had cooperated with the league’s investigation over the past month.
“We were first notified of the league’s investigation on February 9,” the Falcons said in the statement. “We have cooperated fully with the investigation since receiving the notice and support the league’s findings and actions. We are moving forward in the 2022 season with the decision that has been made. With the decision that has been made by the NFL, any further questions about the investigation should be directed to the league office.