Josh Shaw, Arizona Cardinals cornerback, who was suspended by the NFL over betting charges has confirmed that he would not pursue an appeal against the football league’s decision, reports AP.
AP citing an unnamed source has said that Shaw has dropped the appeal and that it has not been made public yet.
It was in the last month that Shaw was suspended for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions. This was also the first time in over 35 years that the NFL took such disciplinary action against a player.
Shaw hasn’t been playing for the Cardinals this season as he suffered an injury. The NFL in its guidelines has maintained that players are not allowed to wager on sporting events.
Since the US Supreme Court legalized sports betting last year, 20 US states have legalized sports betting – this week, Michigan became the 20th US state to legalize sports betting.
“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 when announcing the suspension on Nov. 29.
“If you work in the NFL in any capacity, you may not bet on NFL football.”
While it was established that Shaw was involved with betting, the investigation confirmed that no insider information was leaked and ruled out that any games were compromised.
NFL’s recent partnership with Sportradar gave the impression that the NFL is considering its stance on sports betting. However, it seems that the NFL is strict with its players.
In August this year, the NFL partnered with Sportradar allowing the company to have access to NFL’s official data and also the right to sell the data for betting purposes.