Embezzlement from Jaguars attributed to Amit Patel's gambling addiction, according to his counsel.

The team's virtual credit card program was used by Patel "to gamble on Daily Fantasy Sports" with FanDuel and DraftKings, according to attorney Alex King, who made the statement Thursday via ESPN.com. King also stated that "approximately 99% of the misappropriated funds" were associated with loss from gambling

Mr. Patel is deeply remorseful and apologizes for his conduct," said King. He really regrets his actions, which led to the loss of his dream job and harm to the Jacksonville Jaguars, since he enjoyed working for the team. Mr. Patel plans to continue therapy for the foreseeable future and is currently undergoing treatment.

There was no connection between Patel's activities and football operations or interests, according to the NFL

"A league review uncovered no evidence indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way," the league made clear to ESPN in a statemen

The veracity of that claim is not in question, but it is ignorant to assume that the NFL would publicly admit that an employee had access to confidential information or that other parties compromised a game in any manner

 That type of incident would make lawmakers pay attention, and they would look into all the safeguards the NFL has put in place to prevent the abuse of inside knowledge and the erosion of the game's integrity.

It's also ignorant to assume that Patel didn't look into any possible advantage he may have had while betting on Jaguars players. He would certainly go to whatever lengths to get an edge if he was in a position to steal more than $22 million.

A lot more is going on here than meets the eye, according to common sense. It seems to reason that the NFL and the Jaguars, who knowingly let this scandal develop, would rather the public not pay attention to the story.

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