The big questions surrounding Josh Shaw’s suspension for gambling


An NFL player was suspended indefinitely last week for betting on league games on multiple occasions this year.

It is the first publicly reported violation of a major professional sports league’s gambling policy since a 2018 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states other than Nevada to offer legal sports betting.

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw was suspended on Nov. 29 for betting on league games on multiple occasions this year, according to an NFL investigation.

Shaw, who has been on injured reserved since August and has not played this season, is appealing the suspension. Shaw’s violation is the first test for the NFL in the evolving sports betting landscape in the U.S., where 13 states (including Nevada) are now in the bookmaking business.

Here’s a look at what happened and what’s next:

Q: What and when did Shaw bet?

On Sunday, Nov. 10, Shaw placed what was characterized as a low four-figure wager on a three-team parlay featuring the second-half results of three Week 10 games. The bet was made over the counter at a Las Vegas sportsbook operated by Caesars Entertainment. On one of the legs of his parlays, he took the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second half against the Cardinals, Shaw’s team. The other two legs of the parlay have not been revealed to ESPN.

Q: Did he win?

A: No. The Buccaneers failed to cover the second-half spread against the Cardinals.

Q: How did Shaw get caught?

A: Shaw bet openly at a sportsbook in Las Vegas, signing up for a Caesars rewards card and listing “professional football player” as his occupation. Within minutes of Shaw betting on the NFL, Caesars Sportsbook employees flagged the issue and contacted the Nevada Gaming Control Board and subsequently the NFL.

Q: Did Shaw use inside information to make his bet, and were any games compromised?

A: According to the NFL, he did not have inside information and no games were compromised. The NFL also found that Shaw’s teammates and coaches were unaware of his betting.

A parlay wager, because it requires multiple correct picks to win, has not typically been associated with point shaving or game fixing.

Q: Is it worse because he bet against his own team?

Source : ESPN