Kayshon Boutte, a rising star for the New England Patriots, has landed in trouble after being arrested for alleged involvement in illegal sports betting during his time at Louisiana State University (LSU).
Louisiana State Police claim that Boutte created a fake online betting account to place over 8,900 illegal wagers, including at least 17 on NCAA football games, six of which involved LSU matches. It is reported that he used his mother’s credit card to fund these bets, leading to winnings of over $500,000, which were then reinvested into further gambling activities.
The arrest has raised concerns about the prevalence of underage gambling and the responsibility of professional athletes as role models. Boutte, who quickly transitioned from an LSU standout to an NFL rookie, is now facing legal troubles, highlighting the pressures and temptations faced by young athletes in the spotlight.
Both LSU and the New England Patriots have responded to the allegations. LSU has pledged to cooperate with authorities and uphold the integrity of collegiate sports, stating that there is no evidence of other student-athletes being involved in similar misconduct.
The Patriots have acknowledged the situation and stated that Boutte is cooperating with authorities, but have declined further comment. The NFL, known for enforcing anti-gambling policies, has not issued a formal statement regarding Boutte’s arrest.
Boutte, selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2023 draft, recorded two receptions totaling 19 yards in the same year. While at LSU, he faced a one-game suspension for receiving compensation for an autograph, prior to the NCAA’s revision of its NIL regulations.
The NCAA has recently implemented new guidelines for student-athletes involved in sports betting cases, reducing penalties for those betting on other college teams at their own schools. These changes aim to strike a balance between addressing widespread betting on college campuses and maintaining sports integrity.
Despite the adjustments, the NCAA continues to prohibit all forms of sports wagering in NCAA-sponsored events, signaling ongoing discussions on this issue.