Calvin Ridley turns to Twitter amid announced suspension

Calvin Ridley #18 of the Atlanta Falcons . (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Calvin Ridley #18 of the Atlanta Falcons . (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Amid his suspension for the 2022 NFL season after betting on games during the 2021 season, Calvin Ridley has turned to Twitter to attempt to provide a little more context surrounding the suspension and to simply share his thoughts

Ridley, who has lost at least a full season after the suspension, posted on Twitter four times within an hour, all about the suspension that was first broken by Adam Schefter.

Ridley turned to Twitter right after the suspension news was broken, this was Ridley’s first tweet of the afternoon that came on the heels of the suspension.

Just five minutes later, he posted another update

Ridley posted again shortly after, marking his third post in just ten minutes.

After just over thirty minutes, Ridley posted yet again, acknowledging that he was wrong and directly noting the actual suspension for the first time.

Less than an hour later, Ridley posted again, this time with a different tone.

While he has not posted another update since this article has been published, it wouldn’t be surprising if we saw Ridley post another update.

The Atlanta Falcons have posted a press release, detailing that they were made aware of the investigation last month. Ridley’s future with the team and whether or not he will remain in Atlanta is still unclear.

Per the NFL ruling, Ridley has three days to appeal the suspension. If not granted, Ridley would have the opportunity to apply for reinstatement starting on Feb. 15, 2023. It would be surprising to see Ridley win an appeal considering the NFL’s strict gambling policy.

Teams had inquired about Ridley this off-season before the news broke, but it is hard to see Ridley maintaining any trade value on the heels of the suspension. Trading for a player who won’t be able to take the field for at least a year is hardly ideal.

Ridley joins a group of now five football players who have been suspended from the NFL due to gambling, as Adam Schefter posted shortly after the news broke, with Ridley’s being just the second in the 21st century.

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