June 24, 2024

NFL suspends Broncos’ Eyioma Uwazurike indefinitely for gambling on games

DENVER – The NFL indefinitely suspended Denver Broncos defensive end Eyioma Uwazurike on Monday for betting on league games during the 2022 season.

Uwazurike, a 2022 fourth-round draft pick out of Iowa State who played in eight games as a rookie, is the 10th player this season to be suspended for gambling on games or betting on other sports while in NFL locker rooms. He will be entitled to petition for reinstatement no earlier than 24 July 2024.

“Our organization has cooperated fully with this investigation and takes matters related to the integrity of the game very seriously,” the Broncos said in a statement. “The Denver Broncos will continue to provide all members of our organization with the necessary education, resources and support to ensure compliance with the NFL’s gambling policy.”

NFL players and personnel are not permitted to gamble while in NFL facilities, disclose any non-public NFL information, enter a sports book during the NFL season, or maintain any social, business or personal relationship with sports gamblers.

They are allowed to place non-sports bets at legally operated casinos and horse or dog racing tracks on their personal time, including during the season.

The rules have been in place for years, but the siege has eased on violators as sports gambling becomes legal in more states.

Former Indianapolis cornerback Isaiah Rodgers, linebacker Rasod Berry and free agent Demetrius Taylor were suspended indefinitely last month for betting on NFL games last year. The Colts waived Rodgers and Berry after their suspensions.

Tennessee offensive tackle Nicholas Petie-Frere was suspended for the first six regular season games for betting on non-NFL sports at the club’s facility.

In late April, the league suspended Detroit receivers Jameson Williams, Quintez Cephus, Stanley Berryhill and safety CJ Moore, and Washington defensive end Shaka Toney for violating the gambling policy.

Last December, New York Jets receivers coach Miles Austin suspended for one year for betting on non-NFL sports.

Wide receiver Calvin Ridley was suspended for the entire 2022 season for gambling on NFL games; He was later traded from Atlanta to Jacksonville and eventually sent back. In November 2019, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw was suspended for gambling on an NFL game; he has not played in the league since.

Reasons for gambling-related suspensions include players who bet on their own teams not to participate and players who did not comply with the league’s ban on betting on non-NFL sports while at the club’s facility.

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