Video Shows CU Football Players Allegedly Gambling at Team Facility in 2023

Written By Dan Holmes on 05/29/2024
The Colorado football team in a game against Massachusetts in 2014

A video surfaced that allegedly shows current and former members of the Colorado Buffaloes football team gambling at the team facility. In the video, the teammates were playing craps and holding large amounts of money.

The video was posted to X last weekend. It showed men in Colorado practice jerseys allegedly shooting dice inside the UCHealth Champions Center on campus. It was purportedly shot before the 2023 season.

It’s unknown whether the NCAA or the University of Colorado is investigating or whether players broke any team or school rules.

Video purportedly shows former UC player Cormani McClain

Colorado sports betting was legalized in 2020, with the first sportsbooks launching about a year later. While NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from betting on sports, no rule specifically prohibits casino-style gambling on school property.

The video posted by @scheld_tim included a caption that reads: “Got this from a CU player source. Maybe Shilo Sanders can borrow $$$ from his teammates to settle up the bankruptcy. Way to go, Deion Sanders (and) Rick George. Must be the NIL.”

The video allegedly shows former Colorado defensive back Cormani McClain rolling dice with several of his teammates. McClain transferred to the University of Florida following the 2023 season. In the video, players are wearing practice jerseys typically seen during the training camp prior to the regular season.

Several players have left UC football team after one year under Sanders

Even if the conduct violated no rules, the video raised questions about the oversight of the players by head coach Deion Sanders and his staff. Sanders, who dubs himself “Prime Time” after a Hall of Fame NFL career, was hired to lead the struggling football team in 2023 after turning around the football program at Jackson State.

Colorado started last season 3-0 before losing eight of its final nine games to finish 4-8.

Sanders has commented that he supports the changes in college sports that allow athletes to cash in on their fame. He has also famously said that he’s keeping track of his haters, saying, “I keep receipts.”

This offseason, the Colorado football program has come under scrutiny because a number of players have opted to leave the team after just one season.

Shedeur Sanders frequently shows off wealth on social media

Sanders’ son, Shedeur Sanders, is the starting quarterback for the Buffaloes. He’s expected to be a first-round pick in the 2025 NFL Draft. Shedeur frequently shows off his expensive jewelry and cars in social media posts.

The Sanders family has become a target for critics who say college sports are being driven by fame and money.

Additionally, an ESPN report revealed that Sanders’ other son, Shilo Sanders, who plays for Colorado, filed for bankruptcy to avoid paying an $11 million judgment against him. The judgment stemmed from an altercation with a security guard when Shilo was a high school student in Texas.

Photo by AP Photo / Michael Dwyer
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Dan Holmes writes about sports betting, sports media, and sports betting legislative matters. He's the author of three books, and previously reported for Major League Baseball, as well as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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