The NFL has its Pete Rose.
Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw has been suspended at least through the 2020 season for betting on NFL games, the league announced Friday.
Shaw is on injured reserve and has not played in 2019, but was found to have bet on games multiple times this season. The league investigated the fifth-year pro and did not find any evidence that Shaw used any inside information or that any games were compromised. His teammates, coaches or other players were not found to have been aware of his betting.
“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,” commissioner 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.”
Shaw, drafted out of USC in 2015, has played in 55 career games but has not suited up at all this year. He was famously suspended during the 2014 season after he sprained both ankles jumping off a balcony. His initial story drew nationwide attention when he said he jumped to save his nephew from drowning in a pool, though it was later revealed he had gotten into an argument with the girlfriend and leaped when cops showed up.
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