He Likes the Online Casinos
Gators fans all over the United States have been having mini-heart attacks over
the past several days as an investigation into the basketball teamís point
guardís online casino gambling habits were under scrutiny. The University of
Florida is most well known for its impressive football team and while the
basketball team is less well-known, the team is very successful and loved by
Gator alumni. The scandal broke earlier in the week when media caught on to the
fact that point guard Nick Calathes owns $600 to an online casino poker gambling
site. The issue comes down to whether Calathes was breaking the National
Collegiate Athletic Association rules by gambling at online casinos despite a
ban and the such in the US.
The verdict? Calathes was cleared of the implications associated with the
allegations, but his debt actually remains. The athletic director at UF, Jeremy
Foley, announced to the media and the US at large that an investigation into the
NCAA rules indicate that Calathes has not actually broken any of their
established protocol for collegiate athletes.
So where is the catch and why is Calathes activity at the online casinos
cleared? The NCAA rules regarding internet gambling are in place to specifically
protect the integrity of the sport and thus prohibit NCAA athletes from
participating in any form of land and online betting. Calathes on the other hand
owes the money to an internet poker site and thus his participation in internet
poker gambling is outside the realm of NCAA action.