In an unprecedented move not seen in the past 35 years, the NFL has suspended Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw for betting.
Announcing the suspension on Friday the League banned Shaw from this season and the entire 2020 season. Shaw can seek reinstatement on Feb. 15, 2021.
While the player has been banned for betting, an investigation conducted by the league found that there is no solid information about Shaw compromising any game or using inside information. He was not playing and was on injured reserve so far this season.
The league in its investigation also ruled out the involvement of any other team member.
“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,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “If you work in the NFL in any capacity, you may not bet on NFL football.”
The NFL has also refrained from revealing where and how Shaw was involved in betting.
Last year the US Supreme Court legalized sports gambling following which several US states have launched sports betting operations. NFL has been against sports betting.