Cooley's brother: 'We are aware' of gambling ads

If it’s a problem with the NFL that Chris Cooley’s Web site contains advertisements for the gambling industry on occasion, he will seek a new program to sell space on The Cooley Zone.

Cooley’s brother Tanner, who runs the Web site along with the popular Washington Redskins tight end, told the National Football Post in an e-mail that Cooley has no affiliation with Bodog.com, an online sports book, or the Las Vegas hotel Mandalay Bay, which have had banner ads across the top of the Web site.

“We sell our ads through an affiliate program and are unable to control who they sell to,’’ Tanner Cooley wrote. “We do not have any affiliation with the companies that are advertising through the affiliate but we are aware that they have popped up from time to time.

“For now, there is very little concern because if it ends up being a real issue, we will find a new affiliate to sell our ad space to.’’

NFL rules strictly prohibit the association of players with gambling entities. Paragraph 15 of the standard NFL contract addresses integrity and states that the player acknowledges that if he “knowingly associates with gambling or gambling activity” the commissioner will have the right to fine the player, suspend the player for a certain period or indefinitely or terminate his contract. Tanner Cooley states that they were aware the gaming ads appeared on occasion.

Cooley underwent successful surgery on his right ankle this morning and the hope is he will return to action in about four weeks. His Web site gained considerable notoriety last season for an accidental playbook photo that included some anatomy. He is heavily involved in Washington-area charities.

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