Drew Brees Involvement With Purdue, PointsBet Causes New Jersey Citrus Bowl Betting To Stop, According To Report

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New Jersey-based Sportsbooks received an injunction Friday to halt betting on the Citrus Bowl between Purdue and LSU because “any person associated with the Purdue Football team” violates state rules, according to ESPN. That person is reportedly retired NFL quarterback Drew Brees.

On December 15, Purdue announced that Brees was joining the Boilermakers coaching staff as an interim assistant for the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl. Brees played for the program for three seasons before starting his NFL career in 2001. The deal came about after former Illinois defensive coordinator Ryan Walters took over as Purdue’s head coach following Jeff Brohm’s departure to Louisville.

Coaching for his alma mater seemed like a sweet deal, but the line got blurry when it came to the Citrus Bowl because of Brees’ business relationship with the sportsbook PointsBet. He became a PointsBet brand ambassador in 2021 and also received an equity stake in the sportsbook. However, PointsBet recently ended its partnership with Brees due to his involvement with Purdue.

“PointsBet would like to congratulate Drew Brees on his appointment as Interim Assistant Coach for the Purdue Boilermakers,” read a statement from the sportsbook on December 22. “While this is an exciting next step in his career, after careful evaluation, we have decided to terminate our ambassadorship agreement with Drew.

“Compliance with laws and regulations, responsible gambling practices and the integrity of legal sports betting are top priorities for our organization and this decision enables us to deliver on that promise. We wish Drew all the best as he returns to his alma mater.”

The Citrus Bowl takes place on January 2 at 1 p.m. ET at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

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