The NFL has suspended four players for violating the league’s gambling policy, with three of them receiving indefinite suspensions. The players are Isaiah Rodgers, Rashod Berry of the Indianapolis Colts, as well as free agent Demetrius Taylor. They have been suspended indefinitely through the 2023 season for betting on NFL games during the 2022 season.
Additionally, another player, Nicholas Petit-Frere of the Tennessee Titans, has been suspended for the team’s first six regular-season games of the 2023 season for betting on non-NFL sports at the club facility.
The NFL‘s gambling policy prohibits any form of gambling in any club or league facility or venue, including the practice facility.
6 “key rules” of the Gambling Policy:
- Don’t bet on the NFL;
- Don’t gamble at your team facility while traveling for a road game or staying at a team hotel;
- Don’t have someone bet for you;
- Don’t share team “inside information;”
- Don’t enter a sportsbook during the NFL playing season;
- Don’t play daily fantasy football.
Rodgers, who accepted full responsibility for his actions in a statement on June 5, Berry, and Taylor can petition for reinstatement at the conclusion of the 2023 season—regarding the release of Rodgers and Berry, Chris Ballard, the General Manager of the Colts, commented on the organization’s commitment to the integrity of the game.
He stated that they had taken the necessary roster moves in response to the players’ violation of the policy. Ballard emphasized the importance of educating players, coaches, and staff on the existing policies. Also, all should be aware of the significant consequences that may arise from violations.
In a statement posted on social media, Petit-Frere apologized for his actions and clarified that his bets were legal under Tennessee law, but he was sanctioned because they occurred at the Titans facility. Petit-Frere commented, “The betting I engaged in was NOT NFL related and was legal under Tennessee law. It is only being sanctioned because it occurred at the Titans facility. I want to apologize to my family, coaches, teammates, and the Titans fans. I did not knowingly break the rules. Even after attending a league presentation, I was unaware of the specifics around placing bets from a team facility. “I will do everything in my power to help the team during training camp and will be prepared when I return to the roster during the season.”
The NFL suspended four players — three for at least the 2023 season — for violations of the league’s gambling policy. https://t.co/0LjG00ksVI
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) June 29, 2023
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