WASHINGTON (TND) — Five NFL players have been suspended for violating the league's gambling policy.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Quintez Cephus, Lions safety C.J. Moore and Washington Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney are sidelined for the entire 2023 season and may petition for reinstatement afterward, according to a news release.
"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 Lions Executive Vice President and General Manager Brad Holmes, said. "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."
Lions wide receivers Stanley Berryhill and Jameson Williams each received a six-game suspension. Their suspensions will start at the final roster cutdown and they will be able to participate in all offseason and preseason activities, including preseason games.
The gambling policy is annually reviewed with all NFL personnel, including players and prohibits anyone in the NFL from engaging in any form of gambling in any club or league facility or venue, including practice facility," officials said.
The NFL said that a “league review uncovered no evidence indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way.”