INDIANAPOLIS — The NFL is investigating an Indianapolis Colts player for possible violations of the league’s gambling policy.
The team acknowledged the inquiry Monday, saying in a statement, “We are aware of the NFL’s investigation and will have no further comment at this time.”
The news comes after a report by sportshandle.com, which cited an investigation into a Colts player’s “pervasive” betting, including wagers placed on his own team. The player was not named in the report, nor did team officials reveal his identity.
In April, the NFL suspended five players — including four from the Detroit Lions — for gambling policy violations. Lions receiver Quintez Cephus and safety C.J. Moore and Washington Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney were suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games. Lions receivers Jameson Williams and Stanley Berryhill received six-game suspensions for betting on non-NFL games from an NFL facility. Cephus, Moore and Berryhill were later released by Detroit.
Last year, then-Atlanta Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley was suspended for the entire 2022 season for betting on NFL games over a five-game stretch when he was away from the team. He was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars at the trading deadline last November and reinstated in March.
Though the NFL has widely embraced sports betting and has sponsorship deals with sportsbooks, the league explicitly prohibits players from betting on NFL games. Players are also prohibited from placing bets while at NFL facilities.
NFL investigating Colts player for possible betting