NFL Player Reinstated After Serving Suspension for Betting on Games

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Don Shapiro
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Former Cardinals player Josh Shaw has been reinstated by the NFL following a 16 month suspension for betting on games.

  • Under terms of the suspension, Shaw missed the remainder of the 2019 season and the entire 2020 season, totalling 21 games.
  • Shaw was eligible to apply for reinstatement on Feb. 15, but the NFL didn't grant his request until Saturday. 
  • Shaw bet against his own team as part of a three-point parlay.
  • Shaw was on injured reserve at the time and placed the second half wager for the Bucks to cover his team, the Cardinals, while in Vegas.
  • The defensive back started his career as a fourth-round pick of the Bengals in 2015 and ended up playing in 47 games with them over three seasons.
  • It is unclear whether Shaw will be playing in the NFL this upcoming season or beyond.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement immediately following the legalization of sports wagering nationwide in the US:

"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," Goodell said in November 2019. "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. If you work in the NFL in any capacity, you may not bet on NFL football."

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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