Last year, Calvin Ridley–a star wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons–earned admiration and animosity when he took a mental health year to focus on himself.
“You do you,” snarked a 2021 Ridley fantasy owner who reportedly “paid big” to get Mr. Ridley early in a redraft league. Then said fantasy owner shared multiple gifs from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in league chat, prior to getting a talking-to from the league commissioner about mental heath stigmas. (The Ridley owner later sent the message “stigma deez” in the league chat.)
“THIS!!!!!!!!!!” twitted a self-described girl-boss after Ridley’s announcement last season. “I tell my employees every day: life happens! Take care of yourselves! #workgoals #mentalhealth”
Today Mr. Ridley announced his intention to step away from football for the 2022 season to focus on his gambling.
Best of luck, Calvin Ridley!
If anyone feels an extreme urge to act like Calvin Ridley, it’s okay to reach out for help! You can call or text the National Council on Problem Gambling at 1-800-522-4700 or do an online chat with someone at ncpgambling.org/chat.
Be careful around gambling apps, everyone!