Josh Shaw, the defensive back of the Arizona Cardinals who has been suspended by the National Football League (NFL) for betting on a number of games, has been found to have also bet against his own team.
This development comes as a shock as this piece of information came after the suspension was announced. Shaw has been on the injured reserve list all season long and has yet to suit up for the Cardinals. As a matter of fact, his coaches and teammates had no idea regarding his gambling activities.
The earliest Shaw can file for reinstatement is February 15, 2021. He is suspended through at least next season.
ESPN first reported information regarding Shaw’s gambling activities. It was learned that on November 10, Shaw bet in person at a Caesars sportsbook in Las Vegas. It was a parlay that involved the second-half lines of three games that weekend.
Shaw bet on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to emerge victorious the second half by one point over his own Arizona Cardinals. Although the Buccaneers won the game 30-27, the Cardinals won the second half at 14-13. That portion of the bet lost, tanking the entire bet.
The NFL said it did not find that the game was compromised in any way, nor that Shaw used inside data to inform his bet. As the report noted, because parlays need multiple legs to be successful, they are not usually part of a match-fixing or point-shaving endeavor. Shaw was not playing or even with the team at the time, so it is very unlikely that he would have affected the game.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport sent out a tweet that sources “close to” Shaw said he was with high-school friends when he wagered. It was allegedly the first time the defensive back had bet on sports, and he did not realize it was against the rules. Shaw had a “misinterpreted understanding” of the Supreme Court ruling that overturned PASPA, which made sports wagering legal in states that authorize it.
That would also explain why, as the ESPN report noted, Shaw did not even bother to hide who he was when he paid a visit to the casino. When filling out the application for a betting account, he even put down his job as a “professional football player”.
When Caesars officials recognized Shaw and realized that he had bet on an NFL game, they reported it to both the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the NFL. Caesars was named the league’s official casino sponsor in January, although the deal does not include sports betting.
In a statement on Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that guaranteeing the integrity of the game is crucial to the league’s success.
He emphasized 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.”