Ohhhhhh snap kids. I thought I was gonna get away the rest of the week. You know because everyone was making Santa’s nice list this year and all.
But nooooooo, turns out, someone had really made the naughty list kids. I mean like the naughty list you never want to be associated with. That’s the gambling accusation.
Remember years back how gambling was a big problem for NCAA programs? Well because of that, there is an absolute ban on sports gambling of any kind for NCAA athletes. Turns out, someone must have forgotten the rules.
Keith O’Connell, a former Boston College defenseman, was one of 33 people that were indicted last week on 122 counts in connection to an alleged illegal sports betting operation in Boston last month. Yep, 122 counts aint no ring of boys playing football squares.
Amazingly, right after that, word comes out that the temporary suspension of Junior Forward Nick Roberto has been extended for the remainder of the season. Coincidence? Yeah, you know what I think about coincidences like this, they simply don’t happen.
Something crazier is that rumors of this thing had been going around for months. That’s right kids, its not like it was a big secret.
What’s really interesting is that Boston University, after looking at this year and last years rosters, lost three other players that would have been seniors this year for no apparent reason. Call me skeptical, but its pretty unusual for any team in any NCAA sport to lose that many seniors in one year for no apparent reason.
See kids, gambling, and gambling with a bookie in particular is a freaking slippery slope. Get in too deep and all of a sudden they might just ask you to not take a shot when you could score a goal to wipe the debt clean. They could threaten to report you to the school, or threaten your family. Some of you may be thinking about a certain Boston Mob boss right about now.
Now, no one is saying that Roberto threw games or opportunities. Most are saying off the record that it was just a casual betting thing. And, according to the authorities there is no criminal investigation going on for the kid either. So, it looks like it was caught, and ended.
But hey, let this be a lesson for you boys who are looking for an NCAA opportunity. There really isn’t much that wont come out eventually, and its better to be safe than sorry.
*The Death Pool is a mix of comedy, and satire in connection with recent events. It is not an official report of current events although it may look as though the news is so accurate that it could one day happen or may be happening.