In one of the most unusual Friday news dumps in many years, Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw was suspended for the 2020 season for betting on NFL games. One of the bets Shaw made appears to have included the Cardinals.
Shaw is believed to have made a three-team parlay bet on Nov. 10, with the wager including a Cardinals-Buccaneers game, ESPN.com’s David Perdum reports. Made at Caesars Sportsbook, Shaw’s bet included three Week 10 games’ second halves. The wager is not believed to have been successful, per Perdum.
Nevertheless, Caesars contacted the Nevada State Gaming Control Board later on Nov. 10 and subsequently alerted the NFL, Perdum reports. Shaw is believed to have been open about his status as a pro athlete when filling out his betting account with Caesars, with Perdum adding that Shaw listed “professional football player” as his occupation.
The NFL did not conclude that Shaw used inside information to bet on games, but the initial release indicated the 27-year-old defender made at least three wagers on NFL games. The former Chiefs and Bengals DB signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals in the offseason.
The fifth-year veteran has been on Arizona’s IR list all season and is not believed to have spent time with the team during that span. But his chances of returning to the league obviously took a major hit with these recent developments. The most recent known NFLer suspended for gambling on an NFL game while active was Ravens rookie quarterback John Stark in 1996. He did not return to the league.
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