Cards’ Shaw gets ban for game bets

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Car­di­nals corner­back Josh Shaw was sus­pended in­def­i­nitely for bet­ting on NFL games on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions this sea­son, the first time in more than 35 years a player has been banned for gam­bling.

The league an­nounced the sus­pen­sion Fri­day. Shaw was banned for at least the rest of this sea­son and the en­tire 2020 sea­son. He can pe­ti­tion for re­in­state­ment on Feb. 15, 2021.

Ac­cord­ing to the NFL, a league in­ves­ti­ga­tion found no in­for­ma­tion that Shaw used in­side in­for­ma­tion or com­pro­mised any games. Shaw hasn’t played this sea­son and was placed on in­jured re­serve af­ter 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 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. “If you work in the NFL in any ca­pac­ity, you may not bet on NFL foot­ball.”

The Car­di­nals didn’t com­ment on the sus­pen­sion, re­fer­ring to the league’s state­ment.

The NFL didn’t 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 full-scale 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 sports­books.

The league also ap­proved the Raiders move to the gam­bling mecca of Las Ve­gas, where the fran­chise will play start­ing in 2020.

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

In the most re­cent case, 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 fourthroun­d draft pick by the Ben­gals out of USC in 2015. He spent three sea­sons with the Ben­gals and was cut at the start of last sea­son. He played four games last year for the Chiefs and four games for the Buc­ca­neers.

Shaw was signed by the Car­di­nals in the off­sea­son to a one-year deal. If he wants to ap­peal his sus­pen­sion, he has three days to file no­tice with the league.

Ea­gles re­ward John­son: The Ea­gles and two-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane John­son agreed to a four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion that runs through 2025.

ESPN re­ported that the new deal is worth $72 mil­lion and in­cludes over $54 mil­lion in guar­an­tees, mak­ing John­son, 29, the high­est-paid tackle in the NFL.

Good news, bad news for Cow­boys: Cow­boys left guard Con­nor Wil­liams tore the ACL his right knee dur­ing Thurs­day’s loss to the Bulls and will miss the rest of the sea­son.

Wil­liams will un­dergo surgery in the next two to four weeks.

The Cow­boys did re­ceive some good news on the in­jury front.

Three-time Pro Bowl re­ceiver Amari Cooper suf­fered an in­jury late in Thurs­day’s game when he took a hel­met to his left leg af­ter a catch, but tests showed no struc­tural dam­age, ESPN re­ported.

Ex­tra points: The Bron­cos ac­ti­vated rookie QB Drew Lock ahead of Sun­day’s game against the Charg­ers, and coach Vic Fan­gio said it’s still a pos­si­bil­ity Lock will start the game over Bran­don Allen . ... The Pa­tri­ots listed 10 play­ers on their in­jury re­port as ques­tion­able for Sun­day night’s game against the Tex­ans be­cause of a flu-like ill­ness.

MATT YORK/AP

The NFL gave Car­di­nals CB Josh Shaw an in­def­i­nite ban for bet­ting on games.

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