5 NFL players suspended for violating league’s gambling policy

The NFL has suspended five players, including Detroit Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams, for violating its gambling policy. Three of Williams’ teammates have also been suspended, with safety C.J. Moore, and receiver Quintez Cephus both suspended indefinitely, and Shaka Toney of the Washington Commanders also facing suspension. Williams and Stanley Berryhill, another Lions wide receiver, received six-game suspensions for placing bets on mobile devices at the team’s facilities; the NFL stated that they had likely wagered on college games, which is permitted but only if not done inside an NFL venue or facility. The Lions’ general manager, Brad Holmes, issued a statement in which he said the team was disappointed in the players’ decision making and would work with them to ensure they understood the seriousness of the violations. All five players can participate in off-season activities and the preseason, but will miss the start of the regular season. While acknowledging the NFL’s commitment to preventing issues with gambling, a writer in Forbes suggested that “grey areas” remain around college football and other sports.

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