Cardinals DB Josh Shaw Suspended For Betting On NFL Games

Josh Shaw will draw a season-long suspension. The NFL suspended the fifth-year defensive back for the entire 2020 season for betting on NFL games. An appeal must be filed within three days.

Currently stationed on the Cardinals’ IR list, Shaw bet on multiple games this season, according to the NFL. While a league investigation did not find Shaw to have used inside information, this is still a major development. The nature of this infraction certainly makes the Friday after Thanksgiving a logical target for this news dump. Shaw cannot apply for reinstatement until Feb. 15, 2021.

The continued success of the NFL depends directly on each of us doing everything possible to safeguard the integrity of the game and the reputations of all who participate in the league,” Roger Goodell said in a statement. “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.”

While this will not register on the same level as Paul Hornung and Alex Karras‘ season-long gambling bans in 1963, with Shaw being a journeyman, it’s still quite the late-season development. It is not known if Shaw bet on Cardinals games, though Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic tweets Shaw is not believed to have been around the team since going on IR in August.

Shaw, 27, was a 12-game Bengals starter in 2016. The 2015 fourth-round pick played at Florida and USC and has spent most of his career as a backup with the Bengals, Chiefs and Buccaneers. The Cardinals signed Shaw to a one-year, $895K deal in March. This ban certainly puts the veteran defender’s career in jeopardy.

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18 comments on “Cardinals DB Josh Shaw Suspended For Betting On NFL Games

  1. goldenmisfit

    How stupid is this guy? Here is the site find someone you are close with not in the NFL have them place the bet if you win you split it. Too much of a paper trail if you are placing a bet yourself.

    • Sutter

      Incorrect. Garrett was suspended for the rest of the 2019-2020 season.
      Shaw is suspended for the 2019-2020 AND all of 2020-2021

        • mcase7187

          No he didn’t get over it and you really should think my maybe Garrett was right about what was said because after that came out he gets fined 50000 and loses he starting job

          Just really think about it y would a pro bowler a top d player willing to risk millions because of nothing

          And for all you baby’s I’m not saying I agree with what he did but there’s all ways 2 sides

  2. PapiElf

    What is this guy even doing? He’s not that great. Why would he bet on games anyway, shouldn’t be working on getting better?

    • compassrose

      He was trying to make some extra cash to get some PEDS to help him get better. The PEDS are not the expensive part it is the making agents. Fastest way to put on muscle thus improve his game or so he thinks.

  3. mitchrapp

    I would wager that at least 20% or more of the trainers, refs, assistant coaches and players have close family who bet on DFS sites relying on direct info from those NFL employees.

    • Probably more like 5%. Much more likely to be trainers or lower and mid-tier front office guys, as the money they earn is much less than the players or senior coaches. I don’t imagine that many players or senior coaches want to risk the rewards they get for doing their job for gambling money.

      Retired players maybe.

  4. joparx

    Honestly, find a bookie, this has to be the easiest suspension to avoid ever, what a simp

  5. crosseyedlemon

    Betting on football games threatens the integrity of the sport but apparently inept officiating of games doesn’t. Goodell is an idiot.

    • Bad and inconsistent by design. The officiating looks to be a way for the league to control playoff spots and narratives. It doesn’t always work – the officials can only tip the scales 20% without making it too obvious, so an unfavored team can beat both the other team and the refs on a good day.

  6. Peterd

    “Integrity of the Game” ???? But you’ll gladly take all the $$ from Draft Kings and any other betting website that you promote. Can’t have it both ways Roger

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