Indianapolis Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers Sr. confirmed studies that he has been playing on NFL video games by apologizing for his actions on social media Monday evening.
Rodgers was reported to be the unnamed Colts participant being investigated by the NFL for a number of violations of the league’s playing coverage attributable to “pervasive” betting. SportsDeal with.com was first to quote the investigation, stating that the unnamed participant positioned a whole bunch of bets, even on his personal staff.
Sports Illustrated later revealed Rodgers because the participant referred to within the investigation report, and Rodgers confirmed that in his social media apology.
“Addressing the current reports, I want to take full responsibility for my actions,” Rodgers wrote. “I know I have made mistakes and I am willing to do whatever it takes to repair the situation.”
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He continued: “The last thing I ever wanted to do was to be a distraction to the Colts organization, my coaches, and my teammates. I’ve let people down that I care about. I made an error in judgment and I am going to work hard to make sure that those mistakes are rectified through this process. It’s an honor to play in the NFL and I have never taken that lightly. I am very sorry for all of this.”
The Colts advised ESPN that the group is conscious of the investigation however “will have no further comment at this time.”
The NFL additionally declined to touch upon the scenario when contacted by Fox News Digital.
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Gambling has been a severe problem for the league this offseason, as a complete of 5 gamers had been suspended attributable to coverage violations.
Four of them got here from the Detroit Lions as receiver Quintez Cephus and security C.J. Moore had been suspended indefinitely, and first-round decide Jameson Williams and Stanley Berryhill every received hit with a six-game suspension for subsequent season.
The Lions finally launched Cephus, Moore and Berryhill, whereas conserving Williams, their 2022 twelfth general decide on the roster to serve his suspension in 2023.
The Washington Commanders additionally suspended security Shaka Toney indefinitely for violating the coverage.
Though the NFL has been steadfast in evolving to legalized sports activities betting, it has been cracking down on it taking place throughout the league.
Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl receiver Calvin Ridley was hit with a year-long suspension final yr after an investigation discovered he was betting on NFL video games whereas away from the staff for 5 video games due to psychological well being causes.
The Falcons later traded Ridley to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the place he’ll return to the sector this season following his reinstatement in March. He apologized for his actions as soon as his reinstatement was authorised.
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The NFL has strict insurance policies in opposition to gamers betting on their very own staff – which is normal in skilled sports activities – however they’re allowed to legally wager on different sports activities exterior the league so long as wagers usually are not positioned at staff services.
Rodgers has earned his taking part in time since being drafted, recording 9 begins out of the 15 video games he performed in his third yr with the Colts in 2022. He racked up three interceptions, 90 mixed tackles, and 10 passes defended over 45 regular-season video games to this point.
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It is predicted that Rodgers will likely be hit with a prolonged suspension, as seen on a number of events with related offenses made by gamers prior to now.