Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw suspended over betting breaches

Arizona Cardinals cornerback, Josh Shaw has been suspended indefinitely through at least the conclusion of the 2020 season for betting on NFL games.

Following allegedly placing multiple bets on NFL games, Shaw was handed a suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Shaw, who is currently on Injured Reserve, is eligible to petition for reinstatement to the league on Feb. 15, 2021 and, pursuant to the NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, can appeal his suspension by filing notice within three days.

A league investigation uncovered no evidence indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way. Nor was there evidence suggesting any awareness by teammates, coaches or other players of his betting activity.

Commissioner Goodell stated: “The continued success of the NFL depends directly on each of us doing everything necessary to safeguard the integrity of the game and the reputations of all who participate in the league.

“At the core of this responsibility is the longstanding principle that betting on NFL games, or on any element of a game, puts at risk the integrity of the game, damages public confidence in the NFL, and is forbidden under all circumstances. If you work in the NFL in any capacity, you may not bet on NFL football.”

Insider Insight: Although on the surface this punishment may seem harsh, it’s pivotal that as the US sports betting landscape evolves, the league shows zero tolerance approach to potential breaches of its integrity. 

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