NFL investigating fifth Lions player for violation of league’s gambling policy: Sources

The NFL is investigating a fifth player on the 2022 Detroit Lions roster for a potential violation of the league’s gambling policy, league sources told The Athletic.

The Athletic is not naming the player at this time because the investigation is ongoing. The player currently under investigation was not a prominent member of the 2022 team. He has yet to be interviewed by the league’s investigator. The player’s agent declined to comment when reached by The Athletic, as did spokespersons for the NFL, NFLPA and the Lions.

This player is the fifth 2022 Lions player to be investigated for a gambling policy violation this offseason. On April 21, the NFL announced the suspensions of four other Lions players for gambling. Safety C.J. Moore and wide receiver Quintez Cephus received indefinite suspensions for betting on NFL action, and wide receivers Jameson Williams and Stanley Berryhill received six-game suspensions for placing bets on non-NFL action while at the Lions facility, a violation of the league’s gambling policy. The Lions released Moore and Cephus immediately. On May 9, the team released Berryhill.

Commanders defensive lineman Shaka Toney was also suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games.


What are the NFL’s gambling rules?

On Monday, ESPN reported that the league is investigating a “second wave of potential violations of its gambling policy.”

In April, the NFLPA sent a memo to all NFL agents that addressed the recent suspensions for violations of the gambling policy and warned them that players should never open or use a mobile gambling app while at work.

NFL gambling policy prohibits team staff, league staff and players from placing bets on any sport at any league facility, including stadiums that house sportsbooks, or while traveling with their teams.

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