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Colts CB-Isaiah Rodgers returns the ball.

Source: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 13: Cornerback Isaiah Rodgers #34 of the Indianapolis Colts returns the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders in the first half of their game at Allegiant Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

The question at this point for Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers isn’t if he will be suspended by the NFL for betting on Colts games, it’s for how long.  

Looking at the NFL’s history for punishing betting-based infractions, it doesn’t paint a positive picture for the 4th-year defensive back. Most recently, Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley was suspended for the entire 2022-23 NFL season for betting on games when he was a member of the Atlanta Falcons. Some of those bets included bets placed on games involving the Falcons.  

The crux of the issue for Rodgers may be who he was betting on. It’s known that he also placed bets on games involving the Colts. What is not known is if he was betting for or against the Colts. If he placed bets that went against his own team, that instantly causes questions about the integrity of the game, questions the NFL will not take lightly. If he did place bets against his own team, a year-long suspension may be the best-case scenario for Rodgers. The league does have the power to issue a lifetime banishment, a severe punishment, but one that the league might deem necessary to deter other players from doing the same thing. After all, suspending Ridley for a full season seemingly did nothing to stop Rodgers from participating in the same behavior.  

By all accounts, Rodgers is a good guy who made an incredibly dumb mistake. The choice to admit that mistake, instead of fighting it, could help his case to play again. So too could the fact that his teammates, and members of the media, have all emphasized his otherwise upstanding character and conduct since entering the league. Ultimately, however, it is up to the league to decide just how hard it wants to come down on Rodgers. If it concludes that it needs to send a message to stop other, potentially better-known players from making the same mistakes, it could spell the end of his once-promising NFL career.  

During Tuesday’s edition of The Ride With JMV, John spoke with NFL/NBA broadcaster Ian Eagle, as well as with ESPN’s Stephen Holder, about the Isaiah Rodgers investigation. He asked both about the type of punishment Rodgers could face, as well as about the overall problem of NFL players placing bets on football games. Listen to those conversations and more below, and tune into The Ride With JMV from 3-6pm on 93.5/107.5 The Fan!  

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