By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw has been suspended by the NFL for the rest of the 2019 season. And he was suspended for the 2020 season, as he was betting on games.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Shaw is suspended indefinitely. He is not allowed to apply for reinstatement until February 2021.
“NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today suspended Josh Shaw of the Arizona Cardinals indefinitely through at least the conclusion of the 2020 season for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions this season,” the NFL said in a statement. “Shaw is currently on Injured Reserve. 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.
“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,”said Commissioner Goodell. “If you work in the NFL in any capacity, you may not bet on NFL football.”
Shaw signed a one-year deal with the franchise in March. He had not played with the team this season before Friday’s bombshell announcement due to an injury.
He is the first player since the 1983 season to be suspended for gambling. Shaw — who is in his fifth season — is allowed to appeal his decision by three days.
He is the fourth notable suspension for gambling since the 1963 season. Art Schlichter was the last to be suspended for gambling in 1983.
Before Schlichter, two players were suspended in the 1963 season. Green Bay Packers player Paul Hornung was busted.
Also that season, Alex Karras was busted when he played for the Detroit Lions.