LSU Player Charged With Illegal Sports Betting After Nearly 9,000 Wagers

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Former Louisiana State University football player Kayshon Boutte was arrested Thursday on charges involving illegal sports betting, Louisiana state police said in a news release

Boutte, now 21, allegedly made 8,900 sports betting wagers between April 6, 2022 and May 7, 2023, when he was underage, including at least 17 on NCAA football games and at least six on LSU football games. 

He faces one felony charge of computer fraud, and one misdemeanor charge of gaming prohibited for persons under 21. 

Sports betting allegations at a glance

Boutte, who now plays for the New England Patriots, was booked and immediately released from the East Baton Rouge Parish jail.

He posted $6,000 bond, according to local affiliate WAFB.

The investigation remains ongoing, and could result in additional charges, police said. 

Boutte allegedly bet on himself, with mother’s bank card

According to the police report, FanDuel Sportsbook reported the illegal wagering activity to the state gaming enforcement division’s sports wagering unit in July 2023.

A bank card in his mother’s name allegedly funded a pair of FanDuel accounts used by Boutte. 

Boutte allegedly placed a pair of bets on himself for a Sept. 4, 2022 game against Florida State University. He wagered on himself as an anytime touchdown scorer, and to go over 82.5 receiving yards. It was part of an eight-leg parlay.

Boutte ended the game with 20 receiving yards and no touchdowns. 

LSU on sports betting charges

LSU issued a statement regarding the allegations: 

“In July 2023, LSU was made aware of allegations regarding a former student-athlete’s improper conduct related to sports gambling while enrolled at the University. Since then, we have fully cooperated with all relevant authorities involved in the investigation and will continue to do so. We have no evidence that any other student-athletes participated in these prohibited activities, and we are grateful for measures that detect and discourage sports gambling related misconduct.” 

The NFL declined to comment to LSR