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#pounditThursday, August 13, 2020

Report: Josh Shaw bet on NFL games using his players card in Las Vegas

Josh Shaw

Josh Shaw has been suspended all of the 2020 season for betting on NFL games. Now a few details about the situation are coming out.

Shaw has been on injured reserve since late August due to a shoulder injury. The defensive back, who signed with the Arizona Cardinals in March, has not been around the team since the preseason, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says Shaw was with some high school friends in Las Vegas and placed some sports bets using his own players card. A players card is obtained through a casino where one gambles and is often used by casinos to track gambling activity. Gamblers can receive incentives and rewards based on their playing activity.

The NFL is concerned about avoiding scandals. They don’t want the perception out there that games may be influenced by gambling or that players are using privileged information.

Some may say this is an innocent mistake and the league is coming down too hard on Shaw. I disagree. All players know they’re not supposed to bet on games. If the league needs to make an example out of Shaw to discourage the behavior, they have the right to do so. And if you’re dumb enough to bet on games while using your players card where your activity is being tracked, you don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt.

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