By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Josh Shaw had to be the stupidest person in the world. He listed on his Caesars sports book account that he was a “professional football player.”
Shaw — who is suspended through the 2020 NFL season — was caught after he met against the Arizona Cardinals — his own team. He bet on parlay, according to ESPN, that including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cardinals contest.
He made the bet on Nov. 10 at the Caesars sports book in Las Vegas. The bet that he made was on three second half games for Week 10 contests.
At the time of the bet, the Buccaneers were leading 17-13 over the Cardinals. However, Shaw’s bet failed when Tampa Bay failed to cover the second-half spread, according to the story, despite winning 30-27 over the Cardinals.
Shaw has been hit with the longest NFL suspension in recent memory. It’s longer then the league hit Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, who hit Mason Rudolph in the head with his helmet after Rudolph tried to take his helmet off.
The Cardinals did not know about Shaw’s bets. He reportedly made several bets on NFL games.
The league, according to ESPN, did not find that his bets tampered with the outcomes of the games.
Shaw signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals in March. However, he has not played for the team this season due to an injury.
“If you work in the NFL in any capacity, you may not bet on NFL football,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said statement announcing the suspension.
Nevada has a policy, where no officials, owners, coaches, or participant can place a bet. ESPN says this has been in place since 2007.
The League was notified shortly after Caesars contacted the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
“As a matter of policy, we do not confirm or deny that an individual is a Caesars customer,” Richard Broome, Executive Vice President of Communication for Caesars Entertainment, said to ESPN.