Kayshon Boutte arrest: Why Patriots WR, former LSU standout was charged in illegal gambling probe

Patriots wide receiver Kayshon Boutte was arrested Thursday over allegations of illegal sports betting during his time at LSU.

The former Tigers standout, who was once a projected first-round pick before injuries derailed his college career, went to New England in the sixth round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Boutte played sparingly as a rookie, and his pro future just got more complicated.

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Here are the details on Boutte’s arrest and the allegations he is facing.

What did Kayshon Boutte do?

The 21-year-old receiver was arrested Thursday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on a felony charge of computer fraud and a misdemeanor charge of gambling prohibited for anyone under age 21.

Boutte is accused of placing thousands of bets while underage, including at least six bets that involved LSU football, per the Louisiana State Police.

The betting account allegedly connected to Boutte placed more than 8,900 bets, which involved “several hundred thousand dollars,” WAFB reported. While Boutte is accused of betting on at LSU football during his final season with the Tigers, there is no evidence he ever bet against himself or the Tigers, per WAFB.

Boutte did not turn 21 until after he was drafted by the Patriots, so any bets he placed while at LSU would qualify as underage.

LSU released a statement addressing Boutte’s arrest, saying the school “was made aware of the allegations regarding a former student’s improper conduct related to sports gambling” in July 2023. LSU added that there is no evidence of similar violations by any other Tigers athlete.

Boutte also ran into trouble at LSU due to his participation in an autograph session in 2021, before student-athletes were allowed to profit off of their name and likeness.

Then, at the end of the 2022 season, Boutte was set to play in LSU’s bowl game and had announced his intention to return for 2023 when coach Brian Kelly abruptly said the junior would not be available for the game. Boutte reversed course and declared for the NFL Draft, and NOLA.com reports he had quietly been suspended for the Citrus Bowl for an “unrelated incident.” 

The NFL has emphasized the seriousness of its anti-gambling policy for players and has handed out lengthy suspensions for violations over the last two years, but it’s unclear whether the league would be able to suspend Boutte if there is no evidence of any bets placed after he was drafted. 

Which games did Kayshon Boutte bet on?

Court filings detailed one of the games Boutte bet on while at LSU.

Boutte placed two bets on himself ahead of a 2022 game against Florida State, betting on himself to come in over 82.5 receiving yards and to score a touchdown. He finished with only 20 yards and did not score in the LSU loss, though both bets were part of a larger parlay, the documents reveal.

Overall, Boutte made 17 bets on NCAA football including six relating to LSU football early in the 2022 season. 

Documents also reveal that more than $130,000 was deposited to the account alleged to belong to Boutte between 2022 and 2023. Boutte is accused of wagering more than $600,000 between the two years.

Kayshon Boutte NFL stats

Season Games Targets Rec Yards TD
2023 5 7 2 19 0

Boutte had a very limited impact in his rookie season, earning only seven targets in a broken Patriots passing game and hauling in two catches for 19 yards. 

Because he’s so young and showed immense potential earlier in his career, the door isn’t closed on the possibility of Boutte earning a role in New England or elsewhere. Whether this arrest will impact his availability could be a major factor in how realistic that turns out to be. 

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