The NFL keeps fighting against the violations of the gambling law, and penalties and gaming suspensions are issued pretty often. Another wave of suspensions occurred recently, and they will last for the whole season, as Adam Schefter from ESPN reported.
Suspensions because of the law violations:
Sports betting has strict rules, and some of the NFL players have already violated them, which led to penalties and lost playing time. Among the affected players is Jameson Williams, the wide receiver of the Detroit Lions, who violated gambling policies and was punished for missing six games because of it. Isaiah Rodgers from Indianapolis Colts will miss the whole season because of the violations. The other names are still unknown.
While the fans and media representatives are impatient to find out which players won’t be on the field during the new season, the NFL keeps hiding these names. For how long? It’s still a mystery. But the only thing that Cleveland Browns’ and other clubs’ fans do right now is to wait and hope that their players won’t be affected by these suspensions.
What is widely known about the suspensions is that the NFL is serious about them. These bets and other violations can seriously harm the integrity of the popular game, so the NFL is very strict when it comes to controlling the players’ actions. This isn’t the first rodeo for the American sports league.
Calvin Ridley, the Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver, was suspended by the NFL for the whole season last year because he placed bets on the NFL games.
Detailed investigation of the players:
The NFL has been investigating the players since May, as ESPN reports, which led to the second wave of suspensions because of various violations related to gambling. Among the suspended players will be the ones who were betting on their own games.
There wasn’t a space for any misunderstanding since the players were introduced to the rules recently when the NFL released a set of guidelines that the players were obligated to follow when it came to the sports betting industry.
The NFL isn’t against sports betting – they just want some rules to be followed. It is known that they were among the strongest advocates when it came to legalizing sports betting and partnered with a few nationally acknowledged sportsbooks two years ago. However, they’re very careful not to violate any laws, and the suspensions are there to prove that.