Biggs: Cooley assures NFL gambling ads on blog will cease

It’s a safe bet that Chris Cooley’s Web site will no longer be a conduit to those seeking to wager on a Washington Redskins game again.

The blog belonging to the veteran Washington Redskins tight end had banner ads for the online sports book Bodog.com and the Las Vegas hotel and casino Mandalay Bay, but he has assured the NFL those will be stopped. Cooley will not face discipline from the NFL for violation of its policies forbidding players from knowingly associating with gambling or gambling activity.

“The ads were being sold by a third party agency that did not know our rules,’’ league spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an e-mail. “Chris Cooley’s representatives have assured us that those ads will be discontinued.”

Cooley runs the popular Web site with his brother Tanner, who told the National Football Post earlier today that they were aware the gambling ads occasionally appeared on the site. Tanner Cooley said “we do not have any affiliation with the companies.’’

Cooley has more important matters at hand. He underwent successful surgery this morning on his right ankle, and the hope is he will be back on the field in four weeks after suffering a fracture in Monday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field. It should also be noted that Cooley is heavily involved in Washington-area charities, many of which he gives considerable time and space to on his Web site.

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