AP source: Cards’ Shaw drops ap­peal

Antelope Valley Press - - Sports - By BARRY WIL­NER

Ari­zona Car­di­nals cor­ner­back Josh Shaw, a Palm­dale High grad­u­ate, has dropped his ap­peal of a one-year NFL sus­pen­sion for gam­bling on league games, a per­son with knowl­edge of the move told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Fri­day.

The per­son spoke to the AP on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause Shaw’s de­ci­sion to drop the ap­peal has not been made pub­lic.

Late last month, Shaw was sus­pended through at least the end of the 2020 sea­son for bet­ting on NFL games on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions this sea­son, the first time in more than 35 years an NFL player has been banned for gam­bling. The lit­tle-known Shaw hasn’t played for the Car­di­nals this sea­son af­ter be­ing placed on in­jured re­serve fol­low­ing an in­jury dur­ing the pre­sea­son. He was signed by the Car­di­nals in the off­sea­son to a one-year deal.

His sus­pen­sion comes as the NFL — and other U.S. sports leagues — en­ters an era when le­gal sports gam­bling is spread­ing across the coun­try and gain­ing main­stream ac­cep­tance. For pro sports to co­ex­ist with gam­bling, they must avoid the scan­dal that would arise from bet­ting by play­ers and oth­ers who can di­rectly af­fect the out­come of games.

“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. 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,” Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell said in a state­ment when an­nounc­ing the sus­pen­sion on Nov. 29. “If you work in the NFL in any ca­pac­ity, you may

not bet on NFL foot­ball.”

Ac­cord­ing to the NFL, a league in­ves­ti­ga­tion found no ev­i­dence that Shaw used in­side in­for­ma­tion or com­pro­mised any games. Shaw hasn’t been in uni­form since he suf­fered a shoul­der in­jury in the pre­sea­son opener.

The league also said it found no ev­i­dence that team­mates, coaches or other play­ers were aware of Shaw bet­ting on games.

The NFL did not say where Shaw placed his bets. Sports bet­ting is now le­gal in 13 states af­ter a Supreme Court de­ci­sion in 2018 struck down the fed­eral law that had lim­ited fullscale le­gal sports bet­ting to Ne­vada. The NFL has long been op­posed to the ex­pan­sion of le­gal gam­bling but since the de­ci­sion has soft­ened its stance and en­tered into lim­ited part­ner­ships with sports­book op­er­a­tors.

Sus­pen­sions of NFL play­ers for bet­ting are rare. The high­est-pro­file case was in 1963 when Paul Hor­nung of the Green Bay Pack­ers and Alex Kar­ras of the Detroit Li­ons were banned for the en­tire sea­son. Both were re­in­stated the fol­low­ing sea­son and Hor­nung went on to make the Hall of Fame.

In the most re­cent case, Bal­ti­more Colts quar­ter­back Art Sch­lichter was sus­pended in 1983 for bet­ting on NFL games and other sport­ing events. He, too, was re­in­stated the fol­low­ing year.

The 27-year-old Shaw was a fourth-round draft pick by the Cincin­nati Ben­gals out of USC in 2015. He spent three sea­sons with Cincin­nati — start­ing 12 games in 2016 — and was cut at the start of last sea­son. He played four games last year for Kansas City and four games for Tampa Bay.

As­so­ci­ated Press

NO AP­PEAL — Josh Shaw, seen in the Car­di­nals’ train­ing camp on July 30, was sus­pended for one year for bet­ting on NFL games and has re­port­edly de­cided to drop his ap­peal.

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