Huge NFL news dropped on an unassuming Monday as the league announced Calvin Ridley is suspended for the 2022 season after he was caught gambling on Atlanta Falcons games while away from the team. The press release notes that Ridley owned up to it immediately when he was asked and there was no evidence that he utilized any possible insider information available to inform his bets.
In essence, this is far from the worst thing that could've happened in terms of public perception for the NFL. If Ridley had bet on games he was involved in, or knowing that certain players were banged up, or how the Falcons were going to scheme for the matchup, it would have looked much worse. It's still very bad considering how much money the NFL is investing in partnerships with betting companies across the industry, though. Don't get it twisted.
Thus, Roger Goodell brought the hammer down on Ridley with the one-year suspension. Chris "Mad Dog" Russo does not think highly of that decision and absolutely ripped into the NFL commissioner Monday afternoon on his radio show.
Russo's voice reached a remarkable pitch when hitting the peak of his outrage that the NFL is "in BED" with gambling companies. That and the bit at the end about Goodell doing Super Bowl boxes were incredible. Mad Dog does it again.