Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw has been suspended through at least the entire 2020 NFL season for betting on NFL games this season.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the suspension Friday. Shaw is currently on injured reserve. He has not appeared in a game since last season as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In his fifth season, Shaw was a fourth-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015. Shaw spent three seasons in Cincinnati before splitting time last season with the Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. The Cardinals signed Shaw to a one-year deal in March.
This is not Shaw’s first time making headlines for the wrong reasons. While in college at USC, Shaw lied about how he suffered an ankle injury to both ankles. Shaw claimed he jumped out of his second-floor window to save his nephew who was drowning in the pool. Instead, it was later reported Shaw jumped out of the window to avoid the police in response to an argument between him and his girlfriend.
A statement released by the NFL said the league’s investigation did not find any evidence that any games bet on by Shaw were compromised. No inside information was used by Shaw when placing his bets.
“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,” Goodell said. “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 will be eligible to petition his status and apply for reinstatement to the NFL on Feb. 15, 2021, and according to the NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, he can appeal his suspension by filing notice within three days.