N.F.L. suspended Arizona Cardinals injured Josh Shaw, at least until the end of next season for betting on football games this year, the first penalty in more than two decades.
The league said its investigators found no indication that Shaw used inside information or compromised any game, and his coaches and teammates didn't know he was betting on NF. games
Still, the league had a hard line with Shaw, who cannot apply for reinstatement until February 15, 2021.
“The continued success of N.F.L. It is directly up to each of us to do everything necessary to safeguard the integrity of the game and the reputation of all players in the league, ”Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “If you work at N.F.L. However, you cannot bet on N.F.L. soccer."
Shaw can appeal the suspension, but must do so within three days. N.F.L. The Players Association has not returned a call to comment.
Shaw, 27, was drafted in fourth round for the Bengals in 2015. He played three seasons in Cincinnati. Last year he played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. An unrestricted free agent, Shaw was signed by the cardinals in the off season and injured his shoulder in the first preseason game in August. He was placed on the injury reserve list and left the team afterwards.
This is not the first time Shaw has made headlines. In 2014, while playing for Southern California, he was suspended for making up a story about how he injured his ankle. Although he claimed to have been injured in a rescue operation, he was actually injured after falling off a third-floor balcony.
Shaw's game suspension comes as the league begins to release many of its longstanding bans against joining the gaming industry. In recent years, the league and its teams have accepted sponsorships from daily fantasy companies, casinos and state lotteries. In 2017, league owners voted to allow the Oakland Raiders to move next season to Las Vegas, where gambling is cool.
But the league has not loosened its rules prohibiting gamblers from playing football games, and discussions about gambling or the implications of gambling game development are largely absent from the NF. broadcasts, even though the US Supreme Court in 2017 essentially gave states the green light to allow sports betting.
Although it is impossible to say definitively whether N.F.L. players bet secretly on their sport before Shaw, the last player to be suspended for playing Jon Stark, a new quarterback at the Baltimore Ravens, which was suspended in 1996. In this case, an anonymous phone call warned the league. Stark has never played in a N.F.L. games.
One of the most important suspensions related to the league game involved Art Schlichter, an Ohio State University quarterback who was called up in the first round in 1982 by the Baltimore Colts. Schlichter bet heavily on college, a habit that continued in Florida. By the end of his first season, he had lost nearly $ 400,000 to four bookmakers in the Baltimore area and $ 220,000 in other bookmakers. Schlichter later went to F.B.I. and cooperated with his efforts to secure the bookmakers. Schlichter entered a psychiatric institution to treat his pathological gambling.
Schlichter, who feared that gamblers would press him to play, was suspended for the entire 1983 season. He played in moderation for Colts in 1984 and 1985, his last season at NF.L. and was in and out of trouble with the law for much of his adult life.
Schlichter's suspension came 20 years after NF.L. suspended Alex Karras and Paul Hornung To bet on N.F.L. games Karras, Detroit Lions lineman, and Hornung, star of Green Bay Packers, were left out of the 1963 season.