New England WR Kayshon Boutte arrested on sports betting charges

New England WR Kayshon Boutte arrested on sports betting charges

New England Patriots wide receiver Kayson Boutte was arrested Thursday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on charges of illegal sports betting while he was a college player at LSU. He’s facing a felony count of computer fraud and a misdemeanor count of gaming prohibited by persons under the age of 21.

Boutte turned himself in at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and was released after posting a $6,000 bond.

In a news release from the Louisiana State Police, authorities allege that Boutte placed 8,927 illegal wagers in two years, risking more than $600,000. The arrest report states that he opened a FanDuel account using his mother’s credit card, another person’s name and birthday on April 5 of 2022.

The account he created had the user name “Kayshonboutte01.” He would eventually make hundreds of deposits to the account using his own credit card.

When Boutte opened a new betting account in Massachusetts this past June using his own name, he had only turned 21 a month before on May 7 of 2023. When the company traced his credit card to the first account back in Louisiana, it was clear that “any wager placed by him prior to that was illegal.”

Boutte placed at least 17 bets on college football, including six on LSU. As part of an eight-leg parlay, he bet on himself to go ‘over’ 82.5 receiving yards and score a TD in a 24-23 season-opening loss to Florida State in 2022.

Boutte was awful in the loss to the Seminoles, making only two catches for 20 yards. On a fourth-and-goal play in the second half, LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels hit Boutte on the numbers on a quick slant. However, Boutte hadn’t even turned to look at his QB yet when the ball hit him and bounced away.

“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,” LSU said Thursday in a statement. “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.”

In 2020 as a true freshman, Boutte lived up to his five-star billing by leading the Tigers in receiving yards. He had 45 receptions for 735 yards and five touchdowns.

Boutte was limited to six games in 2021 due to injuries, but he still had 38 catches for 509 yards and nine TDs. His junior campaign was a disappointment, as Boutte had 48 receptions for 538 yards and two TDs.

After initially announcing he was going to return to school in 2023, Boutte changed his mind a few days before LSU’s bowl game. According to multiple reports, he was going to be suspended for that bowl game due to an unrelated incident.

The Patriots took Boutte with their sixth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. He played in only five games for New England as a rookie, recording two catches for 13 yards.

“The New England Patriots are aware that Kayshon Boutte is cooperating with Louisiana police regarding their investigation into an underage gambling charge while he was a student at Louisiana State University,” a Patriots spokesperson told ESPN in a statement, adding that the team was not anticipating any additional comments on the matter.

The NFL has declined to comment on that matter.