The NFL suspended three players indefinitely for Gambling on NFL games during the 2022 season. Additionally, two players, one of whom was the 12th overall draft pick from the previous year, received six-game suspensions for betting on non-NFL games at a league facility.
The Detroit Lions have sidelined wide receiver Quintez Cephus and safety C.J. Moore, along with Washington Commanders’ defensive end Shaka Toney, for the entire 2023 season due to their involvement in betting on NFL games. The players have the option to petition for reinstatement following the conclusion of the season.
The NFL has suspended Lions’ wide receivers Stanley Berryhill and Jameson Williams for six games. However, they can still take part in all offseason and preseason activities. The suspension will commence at the final roster cutdown.
The NFL said that a “league review uncovered no evidence indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way.”
The NFL has experienced few incidents regarding gambling. Recently, the league suspended wide receiver Calvin Ridley for the entire 2022 season after discovering that he had gambled on NFL games. Ridley was later traded from Atlanta to Jacksonville and subsequently reinstated. In November 2019, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw was suspended for gambling on an NFL game. But he has been able to continue playing in the league since.
The Lions promptly released Cephus and Moore. Cephus, who had caught 37 passes in three seasons, and Moore, who had started one game in four years, were both let go.
In regards to the situation, Detroit’s Executive Vice President and General Manager Brad Holmes stated that the two players had demonstrated decision-making that contradicted the organization’s values and violated league regulations.
Despite being the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, Williams only played in six games after recovering from knee surgery. Alliance Sports, the agency that represents Williams, issued a statement expressing the player’s regret towards the NFL, his teammates, and the fans and city of Detroit.
The statement also acknowledged that Williams’ suspension was due to a technical rule violation concerning the actual location of the online bet, which would have otherwise been allowed by the NFL outside of the club’s facility.
Berryhill did not make a single catch in his only season, despite playing in four games. Holmes announced that the Lions will collaborate with both Berryhill and Williams to guarantee that they comprehend the seriousness of their violations and have a clear understanding of the league rules going forward.
Toney, who had only started one game during his two seasons with the Commanders, was implicated in the investigation. The Commanders stated that they have fully cooperated with the NFL’s investigation since being notified and that they support the league’s actions and findings.
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