Monday, January 6, 2014

Former NFL receiver Reche Caldwell arrested in illegal gambling ring

The lasting image of former NFL receiver Reche Caldwell was one of amusement after his reaction after dropping a pass against the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC Championship game while he was a member of the New England Patriots.

Caldwell is now in the news for the wrong reasons. Caldwell was arrested for his involvement in what Tampa police said was an illegal gambling operation.  Police say Caldwell was one of three leaders of the operation. Five other men are facing a variety of charges including probation violations, possession of a control substance and illegal gambling.

The 34-year-old Caldwell was a standout wide receiver at Florida and was chosen in the second round of the 2002 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers. He also played for the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins. His younger brother Andre Caldwell is a receiver for the Denver Broncos.

Caldwell was held in the Orient Road Jail and released early Monday on $4,000 bail.

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