An NFL player has been suspended by the league following evidence that he was involved in betting on NFL games during the season.
Defensive back Josh Shaw of the Arizona Cardinals has been suspended indefinitely, according to an announcement made by the Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell. He confirmed that the player would be out until the end of the 2020 season at minimum.
According to reports, the ban in this case is due to multiple bets having been placed by Shaw on a number of NFL games, although the league has not revealed which games were wagered on, or details of the amount and type of bets and where they were put on.
The ban will not immediately affect in the current season, as Shaw is on the injured reserve list and Arizona only have five games remaining in their campaign, with no prospect of reaching the play-offs.
A statement issued by the NFL said that after an investigation, the league was unable to find any evidence that inside information had been passed on or that any of the games involved had been corrupted. It also said that there was no evidence to suggest that any of Shaw’s teammates or other members of the franchise or the league were aware of the betting.
Speaking about the suspension, Goodell said that it was important that everyone involved with the NFL play their part in upholding the game’s integrity:
“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.”
Shaw has the option to appeal the suspension, though such an appeal must be filed in three days. If his appeal is unsuccessful, he will have to wait until February 2021 for possible reinstatement.