A star player for Boston University (BU) has been banned for the season following a university hockey gambling scandal.
Following a university hockey gambling investigation, a junior forward for the BU men’s hockey team named Nick Roberto has been banned for the season. According to sports gambling news, another player on the same team is rumored to have been involved as well.
BU will not disclose details of the scandal, saying in a statement that: “Beyond confirming that Mr. Roberto will not play for the Boston University hockey team this season, federal privacy laws prevent us from discussing his status.”
BU said that the initial investigation—which took place last season—was spurred by “rumors that a BU hockey player had engaged in gambling.” The university did not waste any time launching a search into the matter.
“Although the rumors did not involve gambling on either college or professional hockey games, we nonetheless immediately conducted a thorough investigation and turned the results over to the appropriate authorities at the NCAA. Based on that investigation, the NCAA made its own findings and took remedial action, and we would refer you to that organization for further information,” explained BU.
Per NCAA gambling laws, any collegiate player who is found betting on a sporting event—regardless of whether the gambling is done in person or online, or whether the game is collegiate or professional—is subject to a suspension of one year minimum.