January 26, 2024 3 min read

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New England Patriots’ Wide Receiver Embroiled in Underage Betting Scandal

The 21-year-old wide receiver faces charges of computer fraud and gambling prohibited for persons under 21, stemming from his activities while still a minor

Kayshon Boutte, a promising talent for the New England Patriots, has found himself in hot water after being arrested for alleged involvement in illegal sports betting during his time at Louisiana State University (LSU)

Underage Gambling Allegations Rock LSU Star Turned NFL Rookie Kayshon Boutte

According to Louisiana State Police, Boutte stands accused of creating a fraudulent online betting account, purportedly under a fictitious identity, to place over 8,900 illegal wagers, reported The New York Post

These bets allegedly included at least 17 on NCAA football games, with six specifically involving LSU football matches. The investigation suggests that Boutte utilized his mother’s credit card to fund these bets, leading to winnings exceeding $500,000, which were then reinvested into further gambling endeavors.

The arrest has sent shockwaves through both the sporting and legal communities, raising questions about the prevalence of underage gambling and the responsibility of professional athletes as role models. 

Boutte’s swift rise from LSU standout to NFL rookie has now been overshadowed by these legal troubles, raising concerns about the pressures and temptations faced by young athletes thrust into the spotlight. 

Despite his potential on the field, this incident serves as a cautionary tale about the consequences of reckless behavior and the importance of upholding the principles of fair play and integrity in sports.

In response to the allegations, LSU has affirmed its commitment to cooperating fully with authorities and maintaining the integrity of collegiate sports. The university emphasized that it has no evidence implicating other student-athletes in similar misconduct.

Similarly, the New England Patriots have acknowledged the situation, stating that Boutte is cooperating with authorities but declining further comment. The NFL, which has been vigilant in enforcing its anti-gambling policies, has yet to issue a formal statement regarding Boutte’s arrest.

Selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2023 draft, Boutte recorded two receptions totaling 19 yards during the same year. While attending LSU, he faced a one-game suspension due to receiving compensation for an autograph, a violation that occurred prior to the NCAA’s revision of its NIL regulations.

In November, the NCAA implemented new guidelines for student-athletes involved in sports betting cases, reducing penalties for those betting on other college teams at their own schools. Under the updated rules, students caught wagering on their school’s teams other than their own will face a one-season suspension and a loss of one year of eligibility. 

These changes came after concerns were raised about the previous overly punitive penalties, aiming to strike a balance between addressing widespread betting on college campuses and maintaining sports integrity. While the adjustments provided some relief for implicated athletes at Iowa and Iowa State, the NCAA continues to prohibit all forms of sports wagering in NCAA-sponsored events, signaling ongoing discussions on this issue.

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Silvia has dabbled in all sorts of writing – from content writing for social media to movie scripts. She has a Bachelor's in Screenwriting and experience in marketing and producing documentary films. With her background as a customer support agent within the gambling industry, she brings valuable insight to the Gambling News writers’ team.

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