N.F.L. Hands Calvin Ridley Suspension 2022: NFL receiver Calvin Ridley suspended for 2022 season after gambling on game

N.F.L. Hands Calvin Ridley Suspension 2022: Calvin Ridley, a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, has been suspended by the league for betting on NFL game

An investigation by the NFL did not find any evidence that Ridley had used "inside information" to place his bets, nor that teammates and coaches knew of his gambling, the league said in a statement Monday

"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," wrote Commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter to Ridley notifying him of the suspension

In a series of tweets posted Monday, Ridley wrote that he had bet $1500 in total and expressed disbelief in the length of the punishment

"I don't have a gambling problem," he said. Ridley's gambling took place over a period of five days in late November, the league wrote

At that time, Ridley was on a voluntary break from football. In a statement posted in October, Ridley said he was stepping away from the sport in order to "focus on my mental wellbeing

Ridley was drafted by the Falcons in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft after a standout career at the University of Alabama