Breaking: NFL Suspends Player Through 2020 for Gambling on NFL Games

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The NFL is suspending Josh Shaw of the Arizona Cardinals for the remainder of 2019 and the entire 2020 season. Shaw, a fourth-round pick by the Bengals in 2015, has been on IR since the preseason opener. The league has investigated the games in question and has said there was no manipulation of those games.

Roger Goodell Statement

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“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”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Shaw’s Future

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If the suspension is upheld, Shaw wouldn’t be able to file for reinstatement on February 15, 2021. He does have three days to file an appeal, but with prevailing trends in the NFL, it will most likely remain. Shaw had recently signed a one year contract with the Cardinals, so if the suspension stays in effect, he will be a free agent away from the game for a full year.

Bigger Picture in the NFL

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CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 14: Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) prepares to strike Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) in the head with his own helmet as Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro (66), Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Matt Feiler (71) and referee Clete Blakeman (34) come to Rudolphs aid during the fourth quarter of the National Football League game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns on November 14, 2019, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

With the suspensions of Vonataze Burfict and Myles Garrett, this lengthy suspension raises some questions. While football is a violent sport, neither the Burfict hit or the Garrett swinging Mason Rudoph’s helmet off are football plays. Burfict targeted Jack Doyle with a shot to the head, and Garrett ripped Rudolph’s helmet off.

With the understanding that the NFL does have strict rules in place to not gamble on NFL games, the question is, was Josh Shaw betting on sports worse then what Burfict or Garrett did?

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