Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been suspended for the entire 2022 NFL season after the league found out he had bet on games last year.
In a letter to the 27-year-old catcher notifying him of his suspension, Goodell said Ridley had risked damaging the integrity of the sport.
“There is nothing more fundamental to the success of the NFL , and to the reputation of everyone associated with our league, than upholding the integrity of the game,” Goodell said.
The manager added that “his actions put the integrity of the game at risk, threatened to damage the public’s confidence in professional football and potentially undermined the reputation of his colleagues throughout the NFL.”
“For decades, betting on NFL games has been considered one of the most significant violations of league policy…” the commissioner added.
According to the commissioner, Ridley had cooperated with NFL investigators and admitted wrongdoing.
He will be eligible to apply to rejoin the league on February 15, 2023.