The Arizona Cardinals cornerback is suspended through at least 2020 thanks to gambling
He was on injured reserve and there were no indications the Arizona Cardinals were going to go one direction or the other with cornerback Josh Shaw in 2020. However, after the NFL’s action on him on Friday, it’s a good bet he will never see the field for the team.
Shaw, signed in the offseason by the Cardinals as a free agent, went on injured reserve in the preseason. He initially was expected to compete for the starting corner job opposite Robert Alford. Now, after being caught gambling on NFL games, he’s done until at least through the completion of the 2020 season.
Alford got injured as well and also found himself on injured reserve. However the Cardinals never talked about Shaw much after that.
Some fans on Friday were either saying they forgot he was still on the team or acted like they had never heard of the guy. Never heard of him? Those people clearly aren’t paying attention.
If the Cardinals had planned on keeping him, it would be difficult seeing that now. In fact, this likely puts a black mark on him going forward.
The NFL is very clear about its rules on gambling. No one who is employed in the NFL is allowed to gamble on the NFL.
Shaw must have thought he wasn’t going to get caught. He had to have known the rules ahead of time. While it is understandable he’s looking to have a good time while he is on the shelf, betting on the NFL was just a plain bad move.
It is disappointing to see Shaw put himself in such a position. There was no word on whether Shaw was caught betting on Cardinals games but it likely did not happen of Shaw would likely have faced a much greater punishment.
Still, out for next season is a tough pill to swallow. Let’s hope it is a lesson he learns. You can count this among one of the dumbest moves by any player in Cardinals franchise history.