Patriots Rookie Kayshon Boutte Arrested for Illegal Online Gaming

Kayshon Boutte, the 21-year-old wide receiver for the New England Patriots, was arrested today on charges of illegal online gaming. Boutte turned himself in on charges of computer fraud (felony) and gaming prohibited for persons under 21 (misdemeanor). His alleged crimes were committed before he joined the Patriots, while he was still a student and player for LSU.

According to WAFB in Louisiana, some of the alleged illegal gaming took place while he was an LSU player, investigators allege. However, a source familiar with the case said Boutte never bet “against himself” and his actions in LSU games. In other words, he is not accused of throwing a game.

While he was still a minor, Boutte is accused of creating a fraudulent online gaming account indicating that he was 21 years old or older and; therefore, legally allowed to gamble.

He is also accused of illegally gambling, using that fraudulent account, to place thousands of different bets including some on LSU football. The wagers and payouts involved “several hundred thousand dollars,” said one source familiar with the case.

Boutte turned himself in on charges of Computer Fraud, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of Gaming Prohibited for Persons under 21.

Arrangements were made for Boutte to be booked, post a $6,000 bond, and then immediately released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Boutte was drafted in the sixth round of the 2024 NFL Draft by the Patriots. He played in five games for the team last season and didn’t do much with 2 receptions for 19 yards on the season.