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Players Suspended By the NFL for Sports Betting

Courtesy of @Newyorkpost

Numerous suspensions have been issued by the NFL as a result of gambling violations. The suspensions have ranged from a few games to a full season, depending on the severity of the violation.

Isaiah Rodgers and Rashod Berry of the Indianapolis Colts made headlines on Thursday as the first players to be suspended indefinitely for gambling. Rodgers and Berry are the first players to receive this serious punishment for poor decisions. It is clear that the NFL is trying to send a strong message to its players that gambling won't be tolerated and their careers may be at risk if they make the decision to gamble.

A few hours after Rodgers and Berry's suspension was announced, the Indianapolis Colts waived both players from their roster. The team can not reconsider Rodgers and Berry's re-entry until the end of the 2023 season if they wish to be permitted back on the team.

Colts general manager explains, "We have made the following roster moves as a consequence of the determination that these players violated the league’s gambling policy. The integrity of the game is of the utmost importance. As an organization, we will continue to educate our players, coaches, and staff on the policies in place and the significant consequences that may occur with violations.”

A statement from Rogers was published on Instagram explaining that he takes full responsibility for what he has done and apologizes for his actions.

Courtesy of @Isaiahrodgers

Rodgers and Berry are not the only players that made unwise decisions. Tennessee Titans offensive tackle, Nicholas Petit-Frere, has also been penalized for gambling on non-NFL games at team facilities. He is suspended for the first six games of the 2023 season.

The Titans made a statement regarding the issue, “We believe in Nick and know that he has deep respect for the integrity of the game and our organization. “We will continue to emphasize to our players the importance of understanding and adhering to league rules and policies.”

Despite the growth of sports betting across the country, the NFL is making it clear that players who become involved in sports betting will have to face consequences.

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