But after an NFL representative visited the Colts’ facility this week to discuss the league’s gambling policy, linebacker E.J. Speed discussed his opinions on sports betting as a whole, Fox 59 reported.
“What I got from those sessions was: ‘Don’t gamble,’ ’’ Speed told the station on Wednesday. “That’s all I got. They made it apparent … what you’re allowed to do and what you shouldn’t. It’s a hard topic to speak on right now because how sensitive it is around the league.”
“Right now, I would just encourage anybody: Just don’t gamble. It’s not worth it.’’
The visit to the Colts already was scheduled before the investigation into Rodgers, according to Fox 59.
The Sports Handle reported Monday that a Colts player had made “hundreds” of bets — at least some were on Indianapolis — while ESPN later reported that Rodgers was the player in question.
“I want to take full responsibility for my actions,” Rodgers wrote in a social media post after the reports came out. “I know I have made mistakes, and I am 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. I’ve let people down that I care about.”
Colts head coach Shane Steichen, according to Fox 59, said he wanted to keep things “internal” about the investigation and did not comment further.
Players — and all league personnel — cannot place bets on NFL games or any league functions like the draft, but they are allowed to participate in sports betting outside of the league if it does not happen on a team facility or while traveling with their club.