Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers believes the NFL went too far in punishing Falcons WR Calvin Ridley after he was caught betting on football games.
“No way [Calvin Ridley] should be suspended a year for that,” Franklin-Myers tweeted. “NFL is dead wrong for that harsh of a penalty.
Ridley spent most of the 2021 season on the non-football injury list after stepping away from football to focus on his mental health. The NFL discovered Ridley bet on football games – which included wagers involving his Falcons – during a five-day period in November while he was away from the team. The league concluded no insider information was used in the bets.
The punishment is substantial but not the first of its kind. The NFL has suspended four other players for betting on games. Former Cardinals CB Josh Shaw was the most recent in 2019.
The Jets were among several teams interested in trading for Ridley this offseason, but the Falcons refused to engage in discussions while the NFL conducted its investigation.
Ridley can apply for reinstatement on Feb. 15, 2023. He can appeal the suspension to the league, as well.