NFL player and Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter faces up to 18 years in prison after being arrested last week for allegedly cheating at a Nevada casino. He’s been charged with 3 counts of committing a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment, each of which carries a possible prison sentence of one to six years, and fine of up to $10,000.
It’s alleged that while playing $5 craps at the Texas Station casino in Las Vegas, Carter added chips to his bets on three separate occasions after the dice had been rolled. Security officials assert they have video evidence showing Carter committing the fraudulent act, while Carter maintains his innocence and denied any wrongdoing to police upon their arrival.
The 24-year-old Carter was a fourth-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2011 and made his debut in the NFL with the Broncos that same season, starting ten games. He missed most of the 2012 season with a knee injury however, which he is still in the process of rehabilitating.
It’s not the first time Carter has found himself in trouble with the law. In 2011 he pled guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana charge and agreed to counseling, which he subsequently failed to complete. He now faces a warrant charge for failure to complete counseling as a result.
Carter released a statement a few days after his arrest in Las Vegas in which he said:
“I am fully confident that when the facts come out, I will be cleared. I am truly sorry for the negative attention this has brought the Broncos, our fans and the league. I am fully focused on getting 100 percent healthy and making a positive impact on the Broncos this year.”
Carter also posted on Twitter: “Truly sorry for any negative attention this has brought to the Broncos, our fans and the league”.
The Broncos organization is looking into the matter, and Carter may face additional disciplinary action from the team. It is unknown whether the NFL is also looking into it.