Cardinals DB Josh Shaw appeals suspension for betting on NFL games
Arizona Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw was suspended by the NFL for the remainder of the 2019 season earlier this week. He was caught betting on some of the league’s games, including at least one of his own team’s games. To make matters worse, he bet against his own team.
According to ESPN’s David Purdum, the defensive back is appealing the suspension that will go through the 2020 season after the NFL discovered his betting activity on several league games this fall. The appeal had to be submitted by 5 PM ET on Tuesday. His appeal for reinstatement can be filed on or after Feb 15, 2021, if his initial appeal fails.
Purdum revealed more details about the suspension:
According to the sources, Shaw bet a three-team parlay on the second-half results of three Week 10 games, including the Cardinals’ game at Tampa Bay. On his parlay, Shaw bet against Arizona, backing the Buccaneers to cover the second-half spread against the Cardinals. The Buccaneers failed to cover the second-half spread and the bet, which the sources said was for a few thousand dollars, did not win.
CNBC’s Jabari Young revealed that the Cardinals could terminate Shaw’s contract as he will be away from the game for an entire season if the suspension holds up.
He also shared the league’s official stance on the issue:
In a statement, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said: “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.”
Shaw has not played a game this season due to a shoulder injury.