Kayshon Boutte, a highly touted talent for the New England Patriots, has run into legal trouble after being arrested for his alleged involvement in illegal sports betting during his time at Louisiana State University (LSU).
Louisiana State Police have accused Boutte of creating a fraudulent online betting account using a fictitious identity to place over 8,900 illegal wagers, including at least 17 on NCAA football games, with six specifically involving LSU football matches. It is alleged that Boutte used his mother’s credit card to fund these bets, resulting in winnings exceeding $500,000, which were then reinvested into further gambling activities.
His arrest has caused shockwaves in both the sporting and legal communities, prompting discussions about the prevalence of underage gambling and the responsibilities of professional athletes as role models. Boutte’s swift rise from standout LSU player to NFL rookie has now been overshadowed by these legal troubles, highlighting the pressures and temptations faced by young athletes thrust into the spotlight.
In response to the allegations, LSU has pledged to cooperate fully with authorities and maintain the integrity of collegiate sports. The university has stressed that it has no evidence implicating other student-athletes in similar misconduct. The New England Patriots have also acknowledged the situation, stating that Boutte is cooperating with authorities but declining further comment.
Boutte, selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2023 draft, recorded two receptions totaling 19 yards during the same year. However, his time at LSU was not without controversy, as he faced a one-game suspension for 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.
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, indicating ongoing discussions on this issue. The NFL, which has been vigilant in enforcing its anti-gambling policies, has yet to issue a formal statement regarding Boutte’s arrest.