New England Patriots Wide Receiver Arrested for Placing Over 8,900+ Bets While Underage
Louisiana State Police have accused Kayshon Boutte, a wide receiver for the New England Patriots, of using a fake name to create an online sportsbook account and placing 17 wagers on college football games, including six on his own team. NCAA athletes are prohibited from placing bets, and the penalties are stricter if they wager on their own teams.
Boutte even bet on himself to have over 82.5 receiving yards and to score a touchdown against Florida State on September 4, 2022. However, he did not reach these goals and allegedly lost $65,000 in 2022 and $16,000 in 2023 through his betting activities.
Boutte surrendered to the authorities and faces a misdemeanor underage gambling charge and a computer fraud felony charge. The felony charge can result in up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000, while the underage gambling charge carries up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.
LSU confirmed that it is aware of the allegations and has fully cooperated with investigations but has no evidence that any other athletes have committed similar offenses.
The controversy arose when FanDuel Sportsbook contacted the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division in July after discovering that a college athlete had potentially placed numerous sports bets on its platform. The investigation revealed that Boutte, who declared for the 2023 NFL Draft and was chosen by the New England Patriots, placed a large number of bets through the fake account between April 2022 and May 2023. As a result, Boutte may also face disciplinary action from the NFL.
The news of Boutte’s arrest has caused quite a stir, and the New England Patriots and the NFL are likely to face increased scrutiny surrounding this case.
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