NFL Player Suspended for Gambling on League Games
Denver Broncos defensive lineman Eyioma Uwazurike has been suspended “indefinitely."
The NFL is notorious for having stringent rules for players. In fact, the organization has earned itself the "No Fun League" nickname. There are rules focused on safety, rules about celebratory practices, and even rules about uniforms. One of the most serious rules prohibits players from gambling on league games. This week, the NFL announced that a player has been suspended for gambling on games in 2022. Here is what you need to know about the suspension.
On Monday, the NFL announced that Denver Broncos defensive lineman Eyioma Uwazurike has been suspended "indefinitely" for gambling on NFL games during the 2022 season.
"Our organization fully cooperated with this investigation and takes matters pertaining to the integrity of the game very seriously," Broncos officials 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."
As part of the NFL's gambling policy, nobody in the NFL can engage in any form of gambling in any team or league facility or venue, including the practice facility. Any betting on the NFL is prohibited.
When could Uwazurike return to the game? He can petition for reinstatement no earlier than July 24, 2024, according to the NFL.
According to ESPN, the NFL has now suspended 10 players this year for violations of its gambling policy. Isaiah Rodgers and Rashod Berry of the Indianapolis Colts and free agent Demetrius Taylor were suspended indefinitely last month. Tennessee Titans tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere was also suspended for six games. Earlier this year, four Detroit Lions players and one Washington Commanders player were suspended for violating the policy.