The NFL released a statement on Monday announcing the footballers suspension, after an investigation had found that he had bet on multiple games over a five-day period in 2021.
The league state that Ridley betted on a number of games in November when he was on the non-football injury list to address his mental health.
They added that the investigation had found no signs “that any game was compromised” as a result of Ridley’s bets.
“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.
“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.”
Ridley later tweeted about his ban, admitting he had bet $1,500, though insisted he does not “have a gambling problem.”
I bet 1500 total I don’t have a gambling problem
— CALVIN RIDLEY (@CalvinRidley1) March 7, 2022