Jameson Williams Suspended for Violating NFL Gambling Policy
Five NFL players have been suspended for violating the league’s gambling policy, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday. The most notable player of the group is Detroit Lions receiver, Jameson Williams. Williams received a six-game suspension alongside fellow Lions receiver Stanley Berryhill. Stricter punishments were served to Lions receiver Quintez Cephus, safety CJ Moore and Washington Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney who were suspended indefinitely.
Cephus, Moore and Toney are receiving strict punishments for betting on NFL games. The group will be out for at least a year and will have the opportunity to reapply for reinstatement. This is the same penalty that Calvin Ridley received one year ago for the same infraction.
The Lions have released Cephus and Moore as a result of the news.
Williams and Berryhill will only receive a six-game suspension. Their suspension is not as harsh because they did not bet on NFL games. However, they placed bets while at team facilities which is prohibited.
“As a result of an NFL investigation, it came to our attention that a few of our players had violated the league’s gambling policy,” Detroit general manager Brad Holmes said in a statement. “These players exhibited decision making that is not consistent with our organizational values and violates league rules. We have made the decision to part ways with Quintez and C.J. immediately. We are disappointed by the decision making demonstrated by Stanley and Jameson and will work with both players to ensure they understand the severity of these violations and have clarity on the league rules moving forward.”
Williams’ agent Rocky Arceneaux also released a statement clarifying Williams’ role in the infraction:
“Alliance Sports confirms that its client, Jameson Williams, has been suspended by the NFL for six games for violating the NFL’s gambling policy. Jameson takes full responsibility for his actions and is very apologetic to the NFL, his teammates and the fans and city of Detroit. However, it is important to note that Jameson’s violation was not for betting on football but rather due to a technical rule regarding the actual location in which the online bet was placed – and which would otherwise be allowed by the NFL outside of the club’s facility. Jameson would never intentionally jeopardize the integrity of the game he loves so much and looks forward to getting back to his team as soon as possible.“
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