Now when you think about it, it’s kind of impressive that Jaguars defensive back Tyson Campbell not only showed up to the media session for the Jaguars vs. Vikings game last week, he actually ended up doing his own interview with ESPN’s Doug Kezirian. I mean, how does that happen? How does a guy just stumble into an interview with a former NFL player? Well, that’s the power of Twitter. Or at least that’s what I think happened here.
On January 22, 2014, Jaguars Defensive Back Tyson Campbell and his wife Tammy had a baby boy, and his name is Tyson. The following day, Campbell was out of town when he received a text from Tammy that read, “He’s home.” The text was from one of the doctors at the hospital, inquiring whether he could make it in for a checkup. Not wanting to miss out on the first, Campbell jumped on a plane, rushed to the hospital and caught a glimpse of his son.
Jacksonville Jaguars defenseman Tyson Campbell recently made ESPN’s Doug Kezirian a very, very happy – and richer – man. Campbell, 33. in the 2021 NFL Draft, inadvertently helped Kezirian win big with a bet. However, the situation quickly went from fascinating to controversial.
Tyson Campbell helped ESPN’s Doug Kezirian win nearly $300,000
Former Georgia Bulldogs defenseman Tyson Campbell helped ESPN’s Doug Kezirian win nearly $300,000 | University of Georgia/Collegiate Images/Getty Images In his day job, Doug Kezirian hosts theDaily Wagershow on ESPN. Outside the studio, Kezirian bet his viewers on the 2021 NFL Draft. In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Kezirian said he had made several bets, totaling $3,500, that Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell would be the first quarterback selected in the draft. No, it’s not a typo. BetMGM listed Campbell as a defensive end, and Kezirian, knowing full well that Campbell plays cornerback and could be selected in the first round, took advantage of that. I just bet a few times and spread my winnings over a period of about 90 minutes, he said. I was betting a lot at 100 to 1 and then the odds started to change. When they raised the stakes to 50 to 1, I quit. The end result? Kezirian earned $297,800 when the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Campbell early in the second round. The context raises questions about possible access to inside information by network employees, team members, etc. The union and the networks need to address these issues before they become scandals. That’s not the case. The next one might be. – ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 26, 2021 Sports leagues and networks have decided to go after the money that comes with legalized sports betting, and Kezirian has taken advantage of that. Other members of the media are not happy with the current situation. Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk has openly speculated about a possible ethics violation in which an ESPN employee allegedly used inside information to place bets. It’s a dynamic that requires clear rules and controls about what network employees can and cannot do, especially when those employees work for NFL affiliates, Florio wrote. In a blog post on Substack, former columnist and former ESPN contributor Jay Mariotti suggested that Kezirian donate $300,000 to charity. Like Mr. Florio, Mr. Mariotti pointed out the ethical problems associated with ESPN employees betting on sports. If I were the president of ESPN, Jimmy Pitaro, or any other media executive involved in covering games and sports betting, I would be afraid of the number of employees who might read Kezirian’s story and use their own inside information to make bets that would lead to numerous media and sports scandals. Jay Mariotti At the time of publication, ESPN had not yet commented on Kezirian’s actions or policies regarding employees who play in sporting events they cover.
Campbell entered the NFL with very high expectations
. If all goes according to plan, Campbell won’t just be known for accidentally helping Kezirian win nearly $300,000 on a bet. The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Campbell with the expectation that he would play a key role in their defense. Along with Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne, he’s one of the guys who will make the Jaguars a big winner again. Campbell should play cornerback in the NFL, even though BetMGM says otherwise. The Jaguars need him to be a solid quarterback in a division where Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson and Ryan Tannehill are the starting quarterbacks at the time of publication. How to get help: In the United States, you may contact the National Gaming Council hotline at 1-800-522-4700. COMPARED TO: Tim Tebow’s contract proves that even Urban Meyer and the Jaguars have serious doubts about his future