NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - SEPTEMBER 04: Wide receiver Kayshon Boutte #7 of the LSU Tigers looks on during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Caesars Superdome on September 04, 2022 in
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Former LSU Star Charged With Illegal Online Betting

Former LSU Tigers and current NFL wide receiver Kayshon Boutte is in hot water after being charged with illegal online gaming.

WAFB in Baton Rouge reported that Boutte has an arrest warrant after placing more than 9,000 bets, with some of those being placed on the Tigers while he was still playing for LSU. According to the report, Boutte won more than $500,000 while betting under an account with a fictional name while under the age of 21 years old, before the legal gambling age in Louisiana.

LSU released a statement following the arrest warrant.

"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," the statement read. "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."

On3's Pete Nakos posted to X that Boutte had placed a parlay betting on himself to record more than 82.5 passing yards and a touchdown, but he didn't hit on either leg.

Boutte was a prominent weapon for LSU during his three seasons with the program. He finished his college career with 131 receptions for 1,782 yards, and 16 touchdowns.

Despite a productive college career, Boutte's time in LSU ended on a sour note under new head coach Brian Kelly. Along with a down year from a production standpoint, rumors surfaced around the team's bowl game about a potential scandal that ultimately led to him declaring for the NFL draft after initially planning on returning to school.

Boutte was taken in the sixth round of the 2023 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He finished the 2023 season with only two receptions for 19 yards.

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