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Sources: BU hockey player Nick Roberto suspended for gambling

12.21.15 at 2:01 pm ET
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Boston University junior forward Nick Roberto has not played all season and will not play for the remainder of the season due to gambling-related issues, sources have confirmed to WEEI.com.

College Hockey News was the first to report Roberto’s suspension.

According to sources, Roberto bet on other sports, but not BU hockey. The NCAA forbids college athletes from gambling on any sports — college, professional, fantasy or otherwise. The penalty for doing so is, at minimum, a one-year suspension.

BU self-reported Roberto’s indiscretion and turned its findings over to the NCAA, according to sources.

“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 in a statement.

“However, we can say that several months ago, we heard rumors that a BU hockey player had engaged in gambling. 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.”

Sources have confirmed CHN’s report that at least two former BU players were also involved. The identities of the former players have not been confirmed. CHN’s report also indicates that players from other teams could be involved.

The Buffalo News, apparently curious about whether Jack Eichel was one of the former players involved, reported that a BU representative told them, “The only investigation that took place was focused on Roberto. Any involvement of Eichel or other former players is speculation at this point.”

As CHN reported, sources tell WEEI.com that the issue came to light due to a large debt that had been accrued.

Sources tell WEEI.com that Roberto is not currently being investigated by any law enforcement agencies. He is still enrolled at BU and still a member of the hockey team, and that is not expected to change.

An NCAA spokesperson told WEEI.com that it would not have any comment regarding a potential investigation.

Roberto, a Wakefield native, played at Malden Catholic High School and then Kimball Union Academy before BU. He had four goals and eight assists last season after posting seven goals and 11 assists as a freshman.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to remove a paragraph about a Massachusetts gambling ring that was busted in November. CHN mentioned the ring in its story but did not report a connection between the ring and BU’s situation.

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