This week the NFLPA announced that they're going to be offering former players the chance to attend responsible gambling and sports integrity sessions in order to help keep the athletes out of trouble when it comes to gambling.
The union signed an agreement with EPIC Risk Management and GVC Foundation US to offer the educational classes to players. This agreement is good for two years, and classes will be offered in-person as well as virtually. Over the course of time, many NFL players have admitted to having gambling addiction, and the union hopes that by offering these classes they'll be able to cut down on the number of cases that pop up in the future.
Commenting on the agreement NFLPA Professional Athletes Foundation Executive Director Andre Collins said, "This is the first program that the NFLPA/PAF has ever run on problem gambling education and awareness. As the first major professional sports league in the U.S. to undertake this project, we're proud to tackle this issue head-on. We urge all sports leagues to address problem gambling with the seriousness it deserves."
Former player Amani Toomer also commented, noting: "Professional athletes are highly susceptible to problematic gambling behavior. Educating these former players on how to gamble responsibly and act with integrity is a crucial step forward for all sports."