Five NFL Players Suspended for Violating League’s Gambling Policy
On Friday, the NFL suspended five players for breaking the league’s gambling policy. Three players, Quintez Cephus, C.J. Moore, and Shaka Toney, were banned indefinitely, and two others, Jameson Williams and Stanley Berryhill, were hit with six-game bans.
The NFL conducted a review and found no evidence of inside information or any compromised games. However, they handed down penalties to the players for violating league rules.
Players Suspended for Gambling on NFL Games
Cephus, Moore, and Toney were suspended for betting on NFL games during the 2022 season. The league banned them through at least the 2023 season. If they want to return to the league, they must petition for reinstatement following the 2023 season.
Players Suspended for Gambling at Lions Facility
Williams and Berryhill were suspended for gambling at a Lions facility but not on NFL games. They will miss the first six games of the 2023 season. Before their suspension, they can participate in off-season and pre-season workouts with the Lions.
Lions Release Cephus and Moore
After the NFL’s investigation, the Lions announced that they released Cephus and Moore. Lions general manager Brad Holmes stated that the players violated the league’s gambling policy and exhibited decision-making that was not consistent with the team’s values.
The NFL gambling policy forbids anyone in the league from participating in any form of gambling at any club or league facility or venue, including practice facilities. The NFL took appropriate action by suspending the players who violated the league’s policy. The players must understand the severity of these violations and comply with the league rules moving forward.