Enrique Javier Loya, the President and CEO of Choice Energy Services Retail and a minority owner of the Houston Texans since 2002, is on the brink of major trouble with the NFL. There are allegations against Loya by a former Choice employee that Loya, as well as Choice employees and customers, were involved in high stakes gambling.
The gambling involves Fantasy Football Futures, a gambling entourage involving Loya, his employees and customers. Loya denied or motioned off most claims two years ago, but the allegations are catching up to him and Choice Energy. VP of Choice Energy, John Klosek, admitted under oath that Fantasy Football Futures has been discussed in Choice Energy and that Loya was involved in these discussions involving Futures, what Klosek calls the prediction of the outcome of the football season.
These charges have been brought to court, and now Loya is hanging on a string awaiting word from court and the NFL. The Houston Texans franchise had no response to these allegations according to Fox 26 Houston.
Loya responded to Fox 26 with a letter stating that his company employees had been involved in betting pools, but he finds nothing “inappropriate about this:” On the other hand, the NFL has made it clear that “the league prohibits NFL club owners, coaches, players and anyone else involved with the NFL from gambling on NFL games or associating in any way with persons involved in gambling. Anyone who does so faces severe disciplinary action by the commissioner, including lifetime suspension.”
Loya made the Texans and the NFL aware of these allegations as he knows the punishment for gambling in the NFL.