Former Bengals WR Terrell Owens Under NFL Investigation for Casino Investment

DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 03: NFL player Terrell Owens attends the GREY GOOSE Lounge Series at Super Bowl hosted by Terrell Owens at the GREY GOOSE Lounge on February 3 2011 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for GREY GOOSE)

Terrell Owens was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals for the 2010 season, but after a very disappointing 4-12 season in which the offense still had trouble moving the ball down the field, it's likely (actually fairly certain) that he won't be re-signed for the 2011 season.

That's probably a good thing for more than one reason. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, Owens is one of 25 NFL players under investigation by the league for investments they made in an Alabama Casino which has been shut down.

The casino's, name Country Crossing, owner Ronnie Gilley and some lobbyists recently pleaded guilty for offering legislators millions of bribes.

The NFL's investigation stems from their rule that NFL employees are prohibited from any involvement with gaming operations.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the investigation Friday, a day after Yahoo! Sports reported that wide receivers Terrell Owens, Santonio Holmes, Santana Moss and other players had invested some $20 million in Country Crossing casino. The report also named defensive tackle Gerard Warren and linebacker Adalius Thomas, a free agent who played for the New England Patriots until his release before last season.

According to Reedy, if the NFL find enough evidence against Owens and the other players, they could be fined or suspended and be forced to abandon their investment.

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