Colts Player Isaiah Rodgers Under Investigation For Betting on Own Team, ‘Pervasive’ Wagering

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A player for the Indianapolis Colts is under investigation by the NFL for placing wagers on his own team, Sports Handle reported on Monday.

The investigation has found evidence that this player — who is on the Colts' active roster — placed "hundreds of wagers," a source told the publication, describing the wagering activity as "pervasive."

On Monday evening, ESPN reported the player involved is Isaiah Rodgers. Rodgers was a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has played in 45 career games as a cornerback and returner for the Colts, including 15 (nine starts) in 2022.

No other member of the Colts was involved in these wagers, according to Sports Handle's reporting. Sports Handle originally reported the wagering took place through an account opened by an associate of the Colts player, according to the source.

ESPN reported the bets placed from the account were "in the $25-$50 range, although there was at least one low four-figure bet."

Rodgers said in a tweet that he was "willing to do whatever it takes to repair the situation."

"The last thing I ever wanted to do was to be a distraction to the Colts organization, my coaches, and my teammates," Rodgers said. "I've let people down that I care about. I made an error in judgment and I am going to work hard to make sure that those mistakes are rectified through this process. It's an honor to play in the NFL and I have never taken that lightly. I am very sorry for all of this."

The news comes two months after five players were suspended for similar violations. The most high-profile suspension was for the Lions' No. 2 wide receiver Jameson Williams, who is mandated to miss six games this upcoming season. Three of the other players were suspended indefinitely — all three were suspected to have wagered on NFL games.

Williams and former Lions wide receiver Stanley Berryhill were hit with six-game suspensions — no evidence arose that suggested they wagered on the NFL.

Players, coaches and staff are not permitted to wager on the NFL. While they are able to wager on other sports, they can't do so at team facilities, according to league rules.

Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley missed the entire 2022 NFL season after reportedly wagering on parlays that incorporated NFL teams.

Indiana Gaming Commission Deputy Director Jenny Reske said the commission is investigating the violations, too.

“The IGC is not the lead agency because it involves violations of league policy," Reske told Sports Handle. "We will however, continue to review information as it emerges to see if it requires any regulatory action.”

The Athletic reported last month that an additional member of the 2022 Lions roster is being investigated for a gambling transgression. The player seems to have placed wagers through an acquaintance, Sports Handle reported. It's unclear whether this player placed bets on his own team.

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